Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. (Hebrews 3:1)
For most of my life, I’ve sung in church choirs. I’ve sung in one really poor choir; one large and brilliant one; and, currently, one that, at its best, is quite solid. All of these organizations, however, share one thing. They all have a director, and typically the quality of the director has a great bearing on the long term quality of the group. Sure, the body of singers available has a great deal to do with the quality of the choir, but the director exerts a mighty tug as well.
As I read the verse above, I’m reminded of choirs. All of my choir directors have been flawed and fallible people, but the great choir director, Jesus Christ, never misses anything. All of my choirs have had a goal–sometimes several goals–but the choir of the church is unified or should be unified in singing whatever song the director is leading.
How often do we, as churches or as individual Christians, go astray because of taking our eyes off the director. We share a single calling, yet often our singing rambles off into a fugue of competing voices and desires. I want to hold a certain position within the church. I want the pastor to stop telling corny jokes. I want everyone to dress more (or less) formally.
Our calling is simple: follow the leader. Follow Jesus and advance his cause. My current choir director makes what I consider to be some wrong choices, but since he is the director, I will follow to the best of my ability. I might speak to him and express my misgivings, but I always try to accept his judgment and follow it.
If we can be loyal and obedient to a flawed human leader, how much more should we do so with a perfect human-divine leader. Let us watch the baton and sing with all our might.