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::Devotional:: ‘When All You Have Is A Drum’

November 29, 2010

Growing up, it wasn’t officially the Christmas season to me until the 45’s (records) hit the record player and I hit the attic to retrieve the Christmas tree.  That was the official inauguration ceremony of the season around our house.  Mom always had a mixture but I can distinctly remember an Oak Ridge Boys Christmas album and another record that had the song the Little Drummer Boy on it.  That song quickly became my all time favorite Christmas song.  As a kid I thought it had a great beat and now as an adult I believe it has an incredible message we all would do well to apply to our lives.

I know the little drummer boy is a fictional character, but imagine with me for a moment as the little boy stood before a newborn king.  Others had come before him and presented some of the finest gifts in the land in honor of the king.  But this little boy was poor.  He had no gift like the others that had been given.  No gift of value that would attest to the honor the king deserved.  In fact, the only thing of value this little boy had was a drum, and it was really only valuable to him.  The big question was, “would it be enough”?  Could the King of Glory be honored by a little boy, playing a little song, on a little, old, worn-out drum?  Absolutely.

Jesus expects our very best, nothing more and nothing less.

1 As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”  Luke 21:1-4

Jesus is not looking for the one with the most who gives the least but rather the one who has the least and gives the most.  He has promised to bless those who are poor in spirit, the mournful, the meek, the hungry, the thirsty, the merciful, the pure hearted, the peacemakers, and the persecuted.  He is honored when he is allowed the Lordship of our lives.  I’ve heard it said, “if Jesus is not Lord of all in your life then he’s not Lord at all in your life.”

You and I may not be the most talented Christians who ever walked this earth, but thankfully that’s not what the Lord is looking for.  The Bible says, “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9).  What the Lord values most is a heart that is committed to him.

You are unique.  There is no other like you on this earth.  Therefore what God has given you, use in service to him – whatever that may be.  Don’t compare what you have to what others have because that’s not how the Lord evaluates us.  His evaluation simply comes down to what we’re doing with what he’s given us.  When all you have is an old and worn out drum, play it in honor of the King.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

There are an estimated 220 versions of the song, The Little drummer boy.  By far, my favorite version is the one recorded by MercyMe.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2010 9:09 am

    Sweet video… I have the Christmas nerves… so much I want to do in honor of the King… so little time. Off to download MercyMe Christmas music and then I’ll get busy, just me and my drum.

    • November 29, 2010 12:00 pm

      Amen Joni – you know, there’s a great account of a disciple named Tabitha in the book of Acts (9:36-43) who used her talents as a seamstress to bless widows and display the self-less, crazy love, of Jesus in a mighty way. Another of my favorite Christmas CD’s is Third Day’s Christmas Offerings CD. Good Stuff!

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