Per Fidem Intrepidus means "Fearless Through Faith". My courage isn't my own, it comes from the Holy Spirit, it's my faith in God and my personal savior Christ Jesus that calms my fears and allows me to move forward in this fallen world. Personally I'm afraid of a lot of stuff, but having the faith that Jesus adopted me as his little, sin filled, brother keeps me going.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tune To Jesus

When an orchestra gets together to belt out a few tunes the first they they do is tune. Tuning the orchestra is a time honored tradition and a very important part of a successful concert. 

Off stage the lead oboist tunes his/her oboe with a tuning fork or electronic device, then joins the orchestra. At the command of the Concertmaster the lead oboist plays a single note: A above middle C. For us geeky folks that translates to 440 MHz and the note is also called A-440. While she plays this note the horns and woodwinds tune to her A. When they are finished the Concertmaster directs her to play A again, this time the cellos and string basses tune their A strings to it, then tune their other three strings. A third time A is played by the lead oboist and the violins and violas tune their A strings to the oboe's A. 

Notice at no time does the members of the orchestra tune to each other, or another section, each individual musician tunes to the lead oboe because that one oboe is playing what the Concertmaster requires "A" to be. This is important because technically 443 MHz can be considered A in the musical word, as can 445 MHz and 438 MHz. But for the concert orchestra only 440 MHz will do. 

In our personal, professional, and spiritual lives we should be tuning too, not to an oboist but to Jesus. Being God, Jesus is not only the perfect A but also the ultimate Ω, He is the one pure note we should tune our lives to. We shouldn't tune ourselves to what our neighbors say, or even what our pastor says, what if they're just a little off? (and if your pastor is saying "Listen to me" rather than "Listen to Jesus" it may be time for some church shopping) You can find instruction on how to tune to Jesus here:

If we all tune to Jesus, listen to what He and His Holy Spirit says and not what other people say he said, we will all be in tune.
Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited. (Hebrews 13:9)
Thanks to Pastor Paratus for the inspiration!

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