I’ll begin with a confessional. Typically, Christmas music will get on my nerves. However earlier than you name the grinch squad on me, I’ll clarify. And I’ll use The Little Drummer Boy as a leaping off place.
I love Christmas carols. love ‘em. I’d hearken to them 12 months spherical. However a number of the secular stuff can actually put on skinny. White Christmas? Good with that. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day? Verify – I prefer it.
However Rockin’ Across the Christmas Tree? Santa Child? Mariah Carey? The entire Bob Dylan Christmas album, which is like some kind of surreal fever dream? No thanks, ma‘am.
Then there’s The Little Drummer Boy. Extra carol than secular. And for some purpose I’ve accomplished a deep dive with this one lately.
Don’t search for him in scripture. You gained’t discover him. In case you search for the little drummer boy within the context of the lyrics (other than the pa-rum-pa-pum-pums), you may piece collectively sufficient clues to inform you that he confirmed up similtaneously the clever males. (And for a particular deal with, hearken to this tune as carried out by Pentatonix.)
Verify this out.
Our most interesting presents we deliver … to put earlier than the king … so to honor Him … once we come.
Listed below are the clever males. Historically, there have been three of them, based mostly on the three presents.
They introduced good issues. Costly, even priceless issues.
After which there’s the little drummer boy.
Little child … I’m a poor boy too. I’ve no reward to deliver that’s match to provide our King. Shall I play for you on my drum?
The clever males introduced their most interesting presents. The little drummer boy had nothing of fabric worth. He simply performed his drum.
I performed my finest for Him. Then He smiled at me … me and my drum.
I ponder how the little drummer boy felt?
This raises a few questions:
- What are you afraid to provide God since you don’t suppose it’s adequate?
- What do you do whenever you see different do issues for Jesus? What’s your response?
File these away. We’ll come again.
Let me take you some place else – particularly, Mark 12:41-44.
41 Jesus sat down reverse the place the place the choices have been put and watched the group placing their cash into the temple treasury. Many wealthy folks threw in massive quantities. 42 However a poor widow got here and put in two very small copper cash, value only some cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus mentioned, “Really I inform you, this poor widow has put extra into the treasury than all of the others. 44 All of them gave out of their wealth; however she, out of her poverty, put in the whole lot—all she needed to stay on.” (NIV)
Are you able to see any parallels to the widow and the little drummer boy?
Perhaps the widow thought what she gave wasn’t match for God, however she gave anyway. It was all she might do.
The wealthy folks threw a lot into the treasury. Jesus and His disciples have been watching this, after which the little widow hobbles as much as the treasury and drops these two cash in.
In case you have been there, what would you suppose? How would you’re feeling?
I’d really feel humbled at finest, and unworthy at worst.
Giving doesn’t come naturally to me. I is usually a stingy, self-centered, worldly outdated dude. I like stuff, and I don’t half with it simply.
God assist me.
Each the widow and the little drummer boy had so little to provide, however they each had hearts that longed to worship with all they’ve.
Let’s break this down, in conclusion. Really, I’ll simply ask that you simply and I reply these questions:
- What are you afraid to provide since you don’t suppose it’s adequate? Are you so mired in your sense of unworthiness that you simply don’t suppose you might have something to supply?
- Have you ever been holding again something from God? I’m not simply speaking concerning the issues. I’m speaking about your coronary heart, your will, your complete life.
- What are some methods you may give to God?
- Have you ever ever seen God multiply one thing you thought was very small?
- What’s one thing you’ve been pondering particularly about to provide Jesus for His use? Wish to be inspired? Wish to be a hope-giver? That’s my ideas.
The place is your coronary heart in the present day?
I play my finest for you.
I offer you all I’ve.
God bless the little drummer boy. God bless us.