June 09 – Facing the Music

An ancient story tells of a man who joined the orchestra of the Emperor of China under false pretenses. Whenever the orchestra practiced, or performed, he would hold his flute up to his lips pretending to play, not making a sound. One day the Emperor requested a solo from each musician, the flutist panicked and committed suicide. His story may have led to the old saying, “he refused to face the music.” We too sometimes practice self-deception, hoping that our good works will get us into heaven, though the Bible clearly states that it is “not by works of righteousness” that we do.. Paul warned, “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” God has made it clear that when we stand before Him, we must acknowledge our spiritual bankruptcy and accept Christ’s atoning work on Calvary. When we do, He promises, “he who hears my Word and believes in Him who sent me has everlasting life.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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