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Tuning Your Spiritual Horn

Written by  Tim Cole Wednesday, 02 September 2015
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As one who has played multiple instruments and sang vocally over many years, I have had the privilege of participating in many levels of bands, orchestras and choirs. Those experiences have taught me a great deal about life, about interacting with others, and about how to have a voice even when you are just one among many.

Preparation and skill go hand in hand, and both play a significant role in how much impact you can have as an individual voice in a crowd of musicians or singers.  Natural talent will only propel you so far; even the very talented will not realize their potential without putting effort into perfecting their “voice.”  The stronger, more mature your “voice” becomes, the more likely you will have the privilege of your “voice” carrying the featured message of the song.

Another important factor for the maturing musician is the quality of their instrument.  Quality craftsmanship enables an instrument to maintain good tuning and tone.  A virtuoso violinist gets top billing because they have talent, have put in the time to hone their skills, and have gained access to a quality instrument that will produce the kind of tonal quality worth hearing above the rest of the orchestra.  And quality costs you something.

The parallels from these principles in music to the truths about our spiritual voices could not be more valuable.  If we want our spiritual voices to be featured or listened to like a virtuoso, it will require the same diligence to detail applied to our hearts as the virtuoso to his instrument.

Our words have meaning, but our hearts create the tuning and tone necessary to become a spiritual virtuoso. Apostle Paul said that without the preparation of our heart in His love, our words and actions come out sounding like clanging symbols (1 Corinthians 13).  A person still dealing with pride and self-centeredness can say the same words as someone mature - who’s heart has been tuned with the loving, honoring heart of God toward others - and they will not have the same level of impact, if they are heard at all.

Jesus affirmed that what is in our hearts in abundance will flavor what come out of our mouths. “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart” (Luke 6:45).  Words are important; but not as important as what is flowing out of our hearts towards others.

Recently I read a book that was written as a rebuttal to one of the key revelations that has transformed my life over the last decade.  Personally, I enjoy studying and hearing dissenting views because I love the Truth more than my current positions about it.  But often, these kinds of books carry a spiritual intonation along with their words – one of self-righteousness, prideful arrogance, and most disturbing, an underlying dishonor for those with a different view.  It was so refreshing, however, to find in the words of this dissenting author a refreshing “tone” of honor for those with whom he disagreed.  This author’s heart gave his words a real voice into me while I read, causing me to be refreshed by the tone and tune of a spiritual voice that I didn’t even agree with.  He was a spiritual virtuoso.

We are all intended by God to have a voice to those around us and beyond.  May I suggest that it will require that we lose our taste for “tooting” our spiritual horns and become passionately committed to Holy Spirit’s “tuning” of our hearts to His own.  Then our spiritual voices will sound like a virtuoso playing the melody of God’s heart toward all those who have an ear to hear.  Message delivered!

Last modified on Wednesday, 02 September 2015
Tim Cole

Tim Cole

Tim Cole, along with his wife Dawn, are Lead Pastors of Destiny Community Church in Lexington KY.  A revivalist, apostolic voice, speaker, author, and life coach, Tim is committed to fathering this generation into wholeness, maturity, and fruitfulness so they can bring heaven to earth.

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