Heart of the matter

One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn has been through making music with others. When I played professionally, we worked hard to be as precise in our execution as possible. Even then, I was often disappointed with my performance or the performance of others. It was so bad that I found myself critical of small issues on Broadway while watching a show there (instead of enjoying myself).

Now in worship settings my former conditioning for perfection inhibits my ability to rest in the LORD. I’m learning to crush that spirit in the moment and make room for the Holy Spirit to conform me to His likeness. What good does it do anyone else when I demand my way at the expense of unity? LORD help me.

Jesus was surrounded by religious leaders that hated Him. They didn’t like the way He did things and didn’t have room in their hearts for a new covenant that was better than the one they had grown up with. He was angry and saddened with their hard hearts because they would rather see a person suffer with sickness than challenge their authority. Have a heart.

Mark:3 Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.

Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” Then he turned to his critics and asked, “Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” But they wouldn’t answer him.

He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus.

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