In last week’s post, I’m back in my college days. It’s crunch time—a Music History 101 exam. In my head, a sinister voice of temptation competes with a quiet voice reminding me to do what’s right. (Click here for part 1.) Do I tough it out on my own? Or “borrow” a couple of answers from one of my peers?
This is the toughest exam we’ve ever had. Who can figure out what era this song is from? Impossible! I glance at the front of the room. The instructor’s busy queuing up the next musical passage.
Surely one little peek wouldn’t matter. After all, the gal in the row ahead won’t mind. We’re practically friends, right?
I frown. Her answers look nothing like mine. I quickly erase my answers and change them. And as several more selections of music ricochet against the hard gray walls of the arena-style university room, I copy her responses to the letter.
That one sounds weird, I say to myself, rubbing my chin. And that one does, too. But better to rely on someone else’s brain than mine when I’m stuck.
Exam over. We pass in the tests. The next time the class meets, we get them back. My score? “C-.” The identical score of the “”friend” in the row ahead of me.
Where did I go wrong? Insecure, I listened to the voice of the enemy when he urged me on. I cast about to see what everyone else was doing. I wish I could say that was the last time I copy-catted anyone. But the truth is, I still sometimes take my eyes off Christ and trust others to set the pace. Yikes!
1 John 2:6 (NIV) says, “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
When we look to others as our primary role models, we risk the danger of repeating their mistakes. There’s only One we are called to follow—the Divine Conductor of brass, strings, and woodwinds.
Is your faith being tested? Good news: Jesus is brilliant. He lives inside you. Therefore, you’re brilliant. You’re gonna ace this one.
What does Jesus’ brilliance look like in you today?