So yesterday was the annual audition for the string orchestra, of which I am a current member as a violist. Each year, I anticipate this event with eagerness and a touch of nervous excitement. If all goes well, I’ll continue as a violist for another year. However, I am also aware of the possibility that I could be booted. It all depends upon my performance. So, I relentlessly practice my scales and solo piece and music theory in order to ensure my best possible performance.
Well, as I was practicing my scales and going over my solo piece for the umpteenth time, yesterday, the thought suddenly struck me; “how much an orchestra audition is like our final judgment before God Almighty.” The practice beforehand, of course, is this life that we’ve been given here on Earth. We must prepare for our “Final Audition” be living out our life in a Christian way, here and now. That is not to say that our Salvation can be bought by anything we do now – the ultimate victory has already been won for us by Jesus Christ. However, we still need to try out for the parts – and performance matters.
When we appear before the Awesome Judgment-Seat of Almighty God, He’s probably not going to ask us to play a E-flat-major scale in three octaves or a C minor scale in two octaves. Nor is He going to ask us to play six or seven lines from J.S. Bach’s Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G major. No, but he will ask us:
“When I was hungry, did you give me food? When I was thirsty, did you give me drink? When I was a stranger, did you welcome me? When I was naked, did you clothe me? When I was ill, did you care for me? When I was imprisoned, did you visit me? Did you do any of this for the least of your brethren? I was in them (Matthew 25).”
So, are you ready? What will your answer be? I know that I need some serious “practice……..”