Hi everyone. Rob here.
I watched a fascinating documentary last night about the group of session musicians known as “The Wrecking Crew.” They were an incredibly talented collection of LA based players who played on some of the biggest records of the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s. Think The Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas, Elvis Presley, The Monkees, Sam Cooke, The Byrds and many more of the great names of that golden era. Often, these famous bands would not play a note on their albums. It was all done by The Wrecking Crew. The music of the day had a public face, but a private workforce that was unseen and unrecognised by the public. Only Glen Campbell would go on to fame and fortune. There was a cost to their dedication. The hours were horrendous, there was a toll taken on relationships and health, and yet, years later, they had few regrets. This was because they got to participate in the early years of the Rock & Roll revolution, and play some of the greatest music ever made.
We are also participating in something radical and revolutionary. As children of God we are participants in the kingdom of God which has invaded our planet through Jesus Christ. We belong to eternity but eternity has already begun. By pledging our allegiance to Jesus Christ we have broken the shackles of the old world and embraced the new. This, however, is a mustard-seed revolution. Like yeast in dough, the work is often unseen. The acts of forgiveness and selflessness, the kindness shown, the gentle response, the patience in the face of adversity and the prayers offered up in faith, are not headline material. We need to find a deeper reward than public admiration in order to persevere.
According to Romans 5 the rewards are several.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
There’s too much here to unpack in one blog, but we do see Paul describing an unglamorous life. We see suffering leading to perseverance leading to the building of character. This is hardly an advert for a new kind of lifestyle, but we also see that the rewards are internal and profound. We have right standing with God, peace with God, access to grace, access to God’s glory, hope and the love of God poured into our hearts. No headlines. No certificates to hang on the wall. No social media hits. One of the rewards is the freedom to not need the world’s validation, but to experience God’s settled ‘Yes’ over us.
As the eyes of our heart are opened we learn to see the way God sees. We get to see the value of a good choice, the beautiful first steps of a baby believer, the act of courage that helps someone move away from the old creation, the forgiveness that sets people free. Your role may be small, it may be subtle, it may be unnoticed, but it is utterly essential. The Wrecking Crew learned the value of playing their part well when it came to making great music. It was the final product that counted. In the same way, we are about the Father’s business and it’s his kingdom that matters. Be encouraged this week that even the smallest note helps make beautiful music.
Grace and peace.