"Come," they told me; a newborn King to see. Our finest gifts we bring to lay before the King so to honor Him when we come. Little baby, I am a poor boy too. I have not gift to bring that's fit to give a King. Shall I play for you? Mary nodded. The ox and lamb kept time. I played my drum for Him. I played my best for Him. Then He smiled at me, me and my drum. "Come," they told me; a newborn King to see. - Little Drummer Boy
When Jesus was born, wise men went to see Him & took Him gifts to honor Him. He was just a baby, but these wise men wanted to honor Him in any way they could. The song "Little Drummer Boy" describes a little boy that doesn't have any physical or material things to give Him, but the boy could play the drum for Him. After the little boy played his drum, the song says that Jesus smiled.
This song so beautifully depicts how our walk with Christ should be daily. Before the little boy could play for Jesus, he had to have learned how to play the drum and practiced before He stood before the King and played.
1. Learning how to play the drum
We've got to learn how to live righteously. In order to play the drum well & have our Savior smile at us at the end of our lives, we need to learn how to play first. We do this by reading and studying the Bible -- learning from the life that Jesus lived. The little drummer boy more than likely looked up to someone who played the drum. We should look up to Christ as our role model-- our ultimate example & learn how to live like He lived, walk like He walked, talk like He talked and love like He loved.
2. Practice playing the drum
Maybe it's by memorizing Bible verses, maybe it's by going to Bible class -- we have to continue to learn and practice living like Christ and put those things into use that we learned by studying the Bible. We can never stop learning, study and practicing. There is always room for improvement; we can always be better. There will always be new challenges that Satan throws our way, so we will have to keep learning how to defeat him and win the daily battles with sin. Becoming a stronger Christian doesn't just happen overnight. It's a process, so be patient, don't give up, keeping striving to be more Christ-like. Trust our Father, He makes us strong where we are weak.
3. Playing before the King
Our whole life we are playing our "drum" before the King. We may not necessarily have monetary gifts we can dedicate to Him, but we can live for Him in our everyday life. Because on Judgement Day, He will look back at our life & see how we lived for Him & that will determine where we spend eternity.
In Matthew 25, Jesus talks about Judgement Day. He begins in verse 31 saying that He will separate the sheep (righteous) from the goats (sinners) and put the sheep on His right & goats on His left. Then in Matthew 25:34,
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world."
Just like Jesus smiled at the little drummer boy when he played his drum, when we stand before Christ at the end of our life, have lived according to His Word & followed in His steps & have lived our best for Him, He will smile at us too. He will tell us to come into Heaven and receive the inheritance he promised us that has been prepared since the creation of the world.
God sent us His best, Jesus, just for the purpose to die for us so that WE, sinners, can spend ETERNITY with Him in heaven where there will be no more pain or sorrow or death or crying. The least we can do for Him is give Him our very best while we're on earth.
To get to Heaven we must become a Christian like the Bible says, live like the Bible says, and worship like the Bible says. - Jerry Jenkins, Maywood Christian Camp Bible Drill
If you do these things & give Him your very very best every single day of your life, you can have confidence in our salvation & have confidence that at the end of your life, Jesus will smile at you and say to you, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world."
Now, every time you hear this song, let it be a reminder to you to live your best, talk your best, walk your best, love your best, and be your best for Him.
"I played my drum for Him. I played my best for Him. Then He smiled at me, me and my drum."