little drummer boy

We just began putting Christmas decorations up last night.  Ready or not, Christmas is around the corner (It seems to come more swiftly each year than I remember as a child!).  With Christmas approaching, I have been listening to Christmas music (Okay, okay, I’ve been listening since August- shhh!), and when I listened to the familiar words of “Little Drummer Boy”, it occurred to me how meaningful those lyrics are and how we should apply them to our daily lives.  Let’s take a look:

“Little baby
Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too
Pa rum pum pum pum

I have no gift to bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give our king
Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum

Shall I play for you
Pa rum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum
Pum pum pum pum”

“I played my drum for him
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for him
Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum”

I just love that.  The little drummer boy is poor and feels he has nothing to offer Baby Jesus because he has no material possessions to give worthy of Christ.  However, he decides to offer up one thing he does have- the talent of drumming.  And you know what?  That was more than enough.

What you have to offer is more than enough for Christ if you offer your “best for him”.  One of the most memorable stories in the Bible is the one where the woman with two coins offers both and Christ says that she gave more than anyone else because she gave all she had.

And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums.  And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.  And he called his disciples to him and said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.  For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.'”  Mark 12:41-44 (ESV)

You see, it is all relative.  What do you have to give?  Do you have a job where you can offer money up to God through ministry and charity?

Disclaimer: I am in no way saying that some should tithe and some shouldn’t.  The word “offer” implies money given above and beyond your tithe (10%).  No matter how much you make, your first fruits should go to God- that is Biblical.  However, if you make plenty, one way you can honor God is by giving Him more than your tithe. (Proverbs 3:9; Malachi 3:8-10)

If you don’t have any money or material possessions to offer, then what talents do you have?  Are you using them for Christ?  What if you aren’t a talented speaker but you can write?  Then write for God’s Kingdom!  What if you aren’t a talented writer but can paint?  Use your painting ability for the Lord!  What if you aren’t a talented artist but you can offer babysitting for a mom in need?  Then by all means, babysit for God’s glory!

Whether I am folding laundry, changing diapers, or cooking meals, I am to do those things for Christ alone.  No, not for Facebook friends.  Not for myself.  Not even for my husband and children.  For God alone.

Sometimes when the tediousness of house chores wears on me, I remember the following verse:

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV)

As long as you give your very best to God, He is pleased with you.  Just as our children have different strengths and abilities, so do we as His children.  You wouldn’t value one child’s talents or gifts over your other children’s.  You are equally impressed and pleased with each and every thing your individual children have to offer.  As fallible, biased humans, if we can be pleased equally with our children, how much more is our perfect Father pleased 100% equally with each of us?

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.”  Psalm 149:4 (ESV)

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”  Romans 12:1 (ESV)

Therefore, be encouraged and don’t ever sell yourself short.  You are a child of the King.  Royalty.  Be like the poor woman.  Give every coin.  And be like the little drummer boy.  Play your best for Him every day.

Pa rum pum pum pum.

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