PC-USA 2018-09-18 - Autopilot

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As an accompanist, I regularly play the piano for special choral music. Sometimes it is many pages long. I have been playing this type of music since I was in high school, and I enjoy it very much. Naturally, I practice the songs often. But I must be very careful. After awhile, if I am not highly vigilant, I can slip into playing part of the song from memory; it just flows naturally, like I am on Autopilot. But eventually, I reach a measure that I don’t have memorized, and I can lose my place that way.. That isn’t a big deal, if it happens at home, but it is a different matter if it happens while the choir is singing the song! While I find my place, it can confuse the choir. So I must constantly remind myself to play as if I haven’t memorized any of it. I can’t afford to get too much in an autopilot mode.

The same is true in our Christian lives. In our spiritual walk, we sometimes do the same things, week after week, day after day, on Autopilot. We read the same Bible version at the same time of day. We sing the memorized hymn words, without thinking of them as we should. We pray the same words. In order to maintain a fresh spiritual walk, we need to remain mentally vigilant in our own personal or group worship or study times. Sometimes we may need to vary our time schedule, Bible version or something else. There are plenty of good ones that can bless us; after all, unless we speak Aramaic, we can’t actually use the same language as Jesus, who probably spoke what his fellow first-century Jews would have spoken at that time. Many scholars have put in a lot of work, to render Bible versions as accurate as possible. We need to ask God to help us find fresh meaning in the words we sing, read, or say in responses or prayers. God wants a close relationship with us, and He will answer that prayer very affirmatively.

John 4:21-24. (NASB)
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

[email jan] Janice P. Moser

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