“I am not asking on behalf of them alone, but also on behalf of those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I am in You. May they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:20-21
Let me put this out there to give you a peek behind the curtain: We use Click Tracks in our music on Sunday mornings.
For those of you that don’t know, a click track is basically a metronome that plays in our musicians’ ears to keep us in time. When we first started doing this a couple of years ago, one of the drummers described it as a form of water torture on the eardrum. We cracked up about that because it can seem that way.
Why do we do it then? If I could explain it in one word, it’s “order.” When there are 7 to 10 people who all have their own internal “click track”, the rhythm of any particular song has the potential to become chaotic (especially when you have different drummers every week). It is quite beneficial for a band to have a consistent beat when we have so many different people every week. It might be different if we had the same musicians every week, and we found each other's rhythm.
As a church body, we can have hundreds or even thousands of different people that come through our doors on a Sunday. The question then becomes: What is our rhythm? Not musically, necessarily, but what is the “click track” that we can all go back to when a church body may seem chaotic? The music is too loud. The music is not loud enough. We need more hymns. We play too many hymns. The pastor didn’t use enough Scripture. The pastor used too much Scripture. The body of Christ may seem chaotic because it is made up of many members that may not have found their common rhythm or “Click Track.”
In John 17:21, Jesus prays for all believers that they would be unified as He and the Father are unified. We all come from different backgrounds, theologies and denominations and we are all just...different. We as believers must see the one thing that must hold us together. Grace.
The grace of Christ must be our Click Track.
The grace of Christ shows us that we are all sinners and and nothing we do or say will save us. Only the blood of Christ. We must get into the rhythm of showing this grace with each other as it has been shown to us. We are all sinners on this Earth. We are like a toddler trying to figure out what in the world is going on around him when his legs first start working. We are constantly learning what is right and wrong and our heavenly Father is continually pouring out rivers of grace. Not one more than another, but all equally.
Friends, if your church feels chaotic, be reminded that this is a church that was bought with the blood of Christ, and this is a church where everyone is a sinner in need of grace. If that rhythm of grace takes over our church, we can move closer to Christ’s unified vision of our church.
Find the message of grace in this week’s setlist:
Praise To The Lord- Hymn
God Is Able- Hillsong
I Surrender- All Sons and Daughters
Christ Be All Around Me- All Sons and Daughters
All I Have Is Christ- Sovereign Grace