Thursday, October 27, 2016

Click, Click, Jesus...

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Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.  
Matthew 5: 19-20 NIV

I sing periodically with my church's worship team during our weekend services. We have a sound system that requires us to wear earbuds in order to hear ourselves, as well as the cues and "clicks" which help us keep time. Hearing one another is so important because it helps us know if we are in tune, hearing the cues is important because it tells us which part of the song is coming up next, and hearing the click is important because it is the metronome that keeps us on the same beat the whole way through a song. 

This past weekend, we struggled as a team to stay on beat; we kept losing the timing of the song.

Gosh, when that happens, you feel lost. You suddenly feel this tension around you because you can tell that the words are of off, the music is off, and you become uncertain of how to course-correct and get everyone on the same page without stopping the music altogether and starting over.

Our worship leader would say, "Listen to the click and listen to my voice. If  you get lost, listen to the click and listen to my voice."  
Hmmmm...Doesn't that just say it all?
I think of Jesus as the metronome of my soul. Click, click, click, click...always in sync, always with the perfect timing. When I'm listening to him, when I'm in the Word, when my prayer life is rich; everything feels in sync and my life just goes along: click, click, click.

But, things start to happen. Life gets busy! It's IEP time, or a child is sick, or the car breaks down and suddenly we are off beat. We start to panic.  
How did I let this happen? My faith walk had been going so well. I was reading the Word, I was memorizing scripture, I wasn't swearing or overeating or gossiping...but now it's been two weeks since I opened my Bible and I can't even remember John 3:16 anymore...I was just gossiping about someone on the phone and I just ate that entire sleeve of cookies... (feel free to insert any sinful crutch you might lean on here). I'm all out of whack. How will I ever make this right?
"Listen to the click, and listen to my voice," says Jesus.

Jesus KNOWS we are going to mess up. He KNOWS that we are fighting our sinful nature in a sin-filled world. And, while he said that we MUST be righteous to enter the kingdom of Heaven, He's also already told us that we can NEVER be righteous enough on our own. We NEED him. He HAD to be our righteousness because we would never be able to deliver on our own.
It's very reassuring to me that Jesus will never give up on me.  No matter how OUT OF SYNC I get, he will always remind me to listen to the click, and listen to his voice. Jesus knows that this is a life-long journey for us. He knows that we will constantly need to be recalibrating and course-correcting as long as we walk in our dying bodies on this sinful earth.
In music, keeping time is not always easy; and here on earth, staying righteous is IMPOSSIBLE. But God has already taken care of that by stepping down from his throne in Heaven to set our hearts in time with his.

Click, click, click...

Pray:  Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your son as our "once and for all" time-keeper for our lives. Even when we lose "the beat," we can stop and listen to the click and listen to Jesus's voice. Thank you for reminders like these, because I am prone to failure when it comes to remaining righteous. Amen

~Tammie Hefty

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