I believe this to be true. That we all, as humans, are instruments.
Instruments just like a saxophone, set of drums, flute and ukulele.
When you turn on your car radio, everything you hear is an instrument, not just those tunes produced from worldly musical instruments. So are the voices through the radio as well. The humans you hear like me and you.
You see worldly musical instruments are created by man. Godly musical instruments are created by God.
Worldly musical instruments have the potential to produce beautiful melodies that impact the whole world when played. Godly musical instruments have the potential to produce messages that impact the whole world when spoken.
What makes a worldly instrument or instruments create a beat that shakes the whole world?
What is the difference between a saxophone being played by Kenny G verses someone like me who has no idea how to play the saxophone at all? What would be the difference in listening to Kenny G play over me?
The difference is that Kenny G spent the long hours trying to understand the saxophone. Both in the classroom and at home most likely. Kenny G probably failed at playing multiple times, but persevered. Kenny G was determined to learn his instrument and play it well.
I, on the other hand, don't care as much. At least not now. I'm not as passionate as Kenny G in learning the saxophone. So as my saxophone would sit and collect dust, Kenny G's saxophone is producing melodies and rhythms that people around the world are grooving to while my saxophone would just be lying around the house.
Are both Kenny G's saxophone and mine both created equally? Initially yes. But what makes them different is Romans 5:3-5 (New International Version):
"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."
Kenny G's saxophone's initial days may not have been the prettiest in the worlds eyes, but it kept being used. It kept being learned and played. Through the dark days and days when it felt as if it was being mishandled and misplayed. Thus eventually developing into beautiful compositions that carried hope of a bright future for it's owner. That being Kenny G.
We, as humans, are just like Kenny G's saxophone. Or have the potential to be.
Romans 5:3-5 says the Holy Spirit and God's love is poured into each one of us. Not just Kenny G and his saxophone. We all have the potential to be Great because someone Great lives within us.
But many of us may be like my saxophone that would just sit on the shelf and not be played at all. Though we are alive we may not be living to our fullest potential. Though we have the potential to produce the beautiful melodies a saxophone would be capable of, we are content with producing amateur-style content – no offense.
When God created you and I He knew our full potential. He knew how Great we could become one day. Just as the creator of the saxophone and every other musical instrument. They knew each instruments full potential.
But when an instrument just sits on the shelf and collects dust, what good is it? It's still made out of love and has love within it because it can be cleaned up or fixed to compose something beautiful. Something that changes others lives as well as its owner. Similar to our Greatest Commandment commissioned to us by God, which is:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
– Matthew 22:36-40 (New International Version)
How do you do this? By embracing the instrument we are. The instrument God created you and I to be.
Cherishing who He created out of love and honoring our Creator. Knowing that love and Greatness lives within us. Then understanding that each one of us is an instrument God wants to use. Some may be saxophones. Others flutes and so on and so forth.
Every person is different. I may only be able to reach other saxophones. But you being a flute could reach so many other flutes, but only if you allow yourself to fully develop into how your Creator intended.
God and the creator of worldly musical instruments knows not just how proud they would be to see their instruments used the way they intended, but how each instrument could change the world if used properly.
But is it living to its fullest potential? Are we living to our fullest potential as instruments?
For it's not God's fault if we don't live our life to our fullest potential.
God wants us to compose beautiful messages, take it to large stadiums and crowds as you would a professional musician. But we have to be willing to go through the dark days sometimes to get their. And for some that's scary and something they are not interested in.
But if you looked down at the instrument in your house not as an instrument created by man, but as you for a change, you may look at life differently. Seeing as you know the potential of a guitar knowing who Jimi Hendrix is. And in that thinking that God may use you to become a well-played guitar like Jimi Hendrix's, but you have to go through tough days first as Jimi Hendrix's guitar did.
But it will be worth it in the end as you will not just take your message across the world to be shared or played in front of people of all races and backgrounds, but your instrument (that being you) may end up in a museum somewhere verses in some garage under a bunch of boxes.
If you really want to get deep, the museum can be looked at as heaven for a life well lived and the garage can be seen as hell for a life not lived on purpose. To its fullest potential designed by its Creator.