Today is Day 5 of the Gratitude Challenge 2022, and the phrase for the day is “in tune.” Wow. What a phrase for me, lol. As a worship musician, it means a lot to my husband, who also plays, and me. But what else could it mean?

If you haven’t checked out the original Gratitude Challenge post, head over to The Uncommon Normal to find out more!

Staying In Tune

After playing an instrument for a while, it’s easy to hear when your instrument is out of tune. And it’s just as easy to fix it, especially if you have the right equipment. As a bass player, I particularly love an old Boss pedal that I picked up decades ago that still gives me everything I need every time.

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When an instrument is out of tune, it sounds like complete chaos. To a trained musician, it’s ear-piercing, but to someone who doesn’t play, all they know is that something doesn’t sound quite right.

Either way, it’s not something a musician wants to go through. But in thinking over today’s phrase, it makes me think of something else as well.

Being In-Tune With Jesus

I’m doing a teaching on Sunday that hinges on obedience. Unfortunately, THAT is a word that even fewer people know anything about.

To those of us who know the importance of obedience to Jesus’s commandments, it’s life! But to those who are still on the milk of the word, it’s often misconstrued as something else entirely.

Obedience is a kind of being in tune with Jesus on a very relational level. He said, in John 14, that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments!

Well, if that’s true, doesn’t it stand to reason that if we DON’T follow His commandments, we don’t love Him? I can’t imagine what else it could mean.

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Concerning Obedience

One of the most chilling records of the importance of obedience is found in Matthew 7:21…

“Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father, which is in heaven.”

Matthew 7:21, KJV

Even Jesus had to learn obedience, according to Hebrews 5:8. Why? Because He was God in flesh, first of all, and had to bring that flesh into submission to the Spirit. But more importantly, everything He did was an example to US on how to live and be victorious (1 Peter 2:21)!

Oh, there’s so much more to say on this subject and so little time to say it today!

Let me just close by saying that if you find yourself feeling “out of tune,” take some time to rightly divide the Word of Truth, unashamedly, to show ourselves approved unto God. It will take time. But OH, it’s so worth it!

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