Don’t play the saxophone…


don't play the saxophoneLet it play you.

Jazz Legend Charlie Parker inadvertently resolves a Christian enigma — how to live for God in a world of temptations. No better advice for Christian living can I find.

Trying to force overcoming living doesn’t work. We need the Spirit of God to take over.

Of course, Parker was talking about not breaking under pressure, about relaxing, about achieving unthinkable heights of performance through effortlessness and spontaneity.

And that’s what the Spirit does. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. — Galatians 5:18 NIV.

As far back as Paul’s time, the dilemma of how to live the Christian life boggled thinkers. Debate has raged through two millennia. Proponents of works fought proponents of grace. Churches convulsed, writhed, divided over it.

And I search. The more I try, the more I fail. Where is this effortless, easy Christianity of being led by the Spirit.

Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord. — Zechariah 4:6

4 responses to “Don’t play the saxophone…

  1. As a musician (clarinet) I can really identify with this one!

  2. What a powerful post! But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. – Galatians 5:18 NIV. The guidance of the Holy Spirit supersedes the law, and this is grace at work. If we are led by the Holy Spirit, we are tugged, dragged and nudged by what God wants for our lives for our benefit and for the benefit of those surrounding us.

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