Once upon a time there was a band. The band consisted of three great musicians whose enchanting melodies, intricate harmonies, and powerful words could transport attentive listeners to incredible heights. Their melodies would break your heart and the harmonies, like a scalpel in the hands of a skilled surgeon, served to widen and deepen the cracks. But the word planted seeds of hope within those cracks and the seeds would always sprout before the last chord faded away.
The band held a concert. It was a free concert in a vast park and though you would think everyone would attend a free concert by such a trio, it was not so. Many people didn't care for music. Their heart was just fine thank you. It didn't need breaking, not even to plant seeds of hope. Besides, imagine all the traffic! Lots of people stayed away.
The stage was enormous and many expected a huge orchestra to back up the band. But it was not so. Only three walked the stage. Some were disappointed. Could three musicians fill the park with sound? Yet as they began to sing and play their instruments, all disappointment vanished. One song had the audience laughing; the next had them weeping. Some songs had them laughing and weeping all at once. The concert was a sweeping dance of emotion.
As it wound down after several encores and standing ovations, the band made a strange offer. They were soon to embark on a world tour. They would like to take this audience with them. Anyone who would like to join the band could come along.
The reactions were astounding. Riots broke out in various places as desperate fans clamored to the stage pushing others back as they tried to get ahead of anyone else. Most people laughed at the offer. It was too good to be true. The stage couldn't hold all who might accept the offer. The auditions alone would take years to complete. This was clearly just a publicity stunt. Only fools would take it seriously. Yet some second-rate performers began offering music lessons to the gullible hoping for an audition.
But the band was appalled at all that. There was room for everyone they said. No one had to “get ahead” of anyone else. All they required was a desire to make music with the band. Everything else they said would be taken care of in time.
Yet few people listened to the appeals from the band. People kept pushing back others to try to move themselves ahead. Many refused to come because they felt they couldn't make music worthy of the band. They would just sing in the shower all alone. Most people laughed at the thought of the cacophony of so many fans making “music” on a world tour.
Now, you should know that the offer still stands. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit continue to ask any and all to come join their band. What do you say?