The Parable of the Pipe Organ

In all the time I have spent playing the organ and crawling around pipe chambers, the following analogy has never crossed my mind. But as soon as I read it, I thought, “Yes! Of course!! Why didn’t I think of that?” It was so meaningful to me that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share it with other organists.

This week we have the opportunity to visit our son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons. We went with them to church yesterday. Their sanctuary has a large pipe organ with many ranks of pipes. Before service I was thinking about those pipes. Each pipe has only one function, to play one specific note well. Each pipe is shaped very carefully so the note is as pure as possible. At times after they are installed they need to be adjusted to be sure they stay in tune. When all of the pipes are played together by a skilled organist, they produce beautiful music.

I thought, what a parable about life. We know a few people who are multi-talented, but for most of us God has given us one ability that we do really well. That is his choice and his gift. We don’t have to compare ourselves to anyone else, be envious of anyone, and we have no reason to be puffed up with pride.

God works on us through His Word, and through life situations to help us understand our talent and deepen our skill. When we are all added to the rest of the Body of Christ there is beautiful harmony. God, Himself, is the organist, and what a joy it is to be a part of this one whole living body.

re-posted from Life’s Meaning Ministries


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