A few years ago Starbucks coffee came out with a TV ad campaign that has stuck in my memory. In the commercial an everyday normal person wakes up to get ready for work, and finds that he has a rock band that follows him around giving him a soundtrack for his day. The band is there to pump him up, to encourage him, and to narrate his day through their music, essentially giving him a soundtrack for his day. (You can find it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9buedr_YDQ) As I watched this commercial I began to think, what if my life had a soundtrack? What if a band narrated each day in my life as a Christian? What would it sound like?
Throughout scripture we are reminded that as Christians our faith must be present and lived out in our daily actions as well as in our quiet time. In the book of James we are told, “You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?” (James 2:20, TNIV) In Ephesians we are reminded that we have an obligation to use the gifts and experiences that God has given to us, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up“ (Ephesians 4:11-12, TNIV) There are countless other scripture passage that point us to the importance of living out our faith in our daily lives. In each we are reminded that all that we do, in word and deed are a reflection of Jesus. We are his ambassadors, his representatives; we are the body of Christ. We are reminded that in all that we are to reflect Jesus to the world.
So what kind of soundtrack would our church have? As someone walks through our doors are they overwhelmed by the love of Christ, and devotion to following Jesus? Do they sense a passion for doing God’s will? Do they hear a song of hope, a song of salvation? Or looking to our lives personally, what would your soundtrack be like? Would it be filled with joy or pain? Would it be rockin’ or a bit mellower? Would it be filled with words of life and encouragement, or lyrics of hurt, and discouragement? Jesus has given to each of us gifts, talents, and experiences to bring glory to Him, and to make an impact in this world. So the next time you are listening to your iPod, or radio, or stereo, be thinking, what would my soundtrack be like, what would our church’s soundtrack be like? Is there a clear reflection of the message of Jesus, of Hope, of forgiveness, or restoration? Whether or not we like it everyone around us is listening, waiting to see what they hear, what they see, and what they experience. They are wondering and observing these Christians, and about our church. So let your life’s song ring true, may it be a reflection of Jesus to everyone that you meet, and everyone that you know.