It was first known as the Carol of the Drum but quickly became a famous and beloved Christmas classic, The Little Drummer Boy. The song has delighted listeners year after year since 1951 and is one of the holiday season’s long-standing Christmas carols. The song tells about a poor young boy who gets a call to see the newborn King, a baby named Jesus, ’tis Christ the Lord. However, the boy feels inadequate to approach the baby Jesus because he has no gift to give the King. The only thing that comes to the boy’s mind is to play a tune on his drum for the King of kings and Lord of lords. When he played with all of his heart, the boy saw baby Jesus smile at him with approval.
In that song, the overarching message is the same simple message we see in the gospel of Jesus Christ, a message that says, “Come as you are.” Many people hesitate to approach God in prayer and accept Jesus as Savior and Lord because, like the little drummer boy, they feel inadequate in themselves or what they have to offer the Lord. God’s interest is not in what you offer Him in terms of quantity, expensiveness, and so on. Instead, God is interested in your sincere willingness to give joyfully from that which you have been given. That is what we see in the little drummer boy, a gift from the heart using the talent of music given to him by God.
“Everyone shall give as he is able, in accordance with the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.”Deuteronomy 16:17
Therefore, let us each recenter our focus on using the talents and resources given to us by God to go out and share the gospel telling people that Jesus loves them no matter how rich or poor, how skilled or unskilled a person may be. God loves each of us the same, and when we stand at the foot of the cross, there is no one among us greater than the other. The Bible teaches that we have all sinned and fall short of God’s glory and that while we were yet sinners, God so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, into the world to save us all from the penalty of our sin. Jesus is the reason for the season, the Christmas season, and He wants a personal relationship with you, just as you are!