Isaiah 66:18-21; Psalm 117:1-2; Hebrews 12:5-7,11-13; Luke 13:22-30
With a seemingly profound sense of humility, the great saxophonist, John Coltrane, wrote the following in the liner notes of his breakthrough album entitled, “A Love Supreme.”
“During the year 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening which has led me to a richer, fuller, more productive life. At that time, in gratitude, I asked to be given the means and privilege to make others happy through music… to inspire them to realize more and more of their capacities for living meaningful lives because there certainly is meaning to life. I feel like this has been granted through His grace.”
Note that Coltrane emphasized his ability to make others happy through music — his ability to impress people with his music. He thought about it and asked for it. And while these are wonderful abilities to aspire to, there is a difference between impressing others and simply expressing yourself — in spirit and truth.
Christian author C.S. Lewis observed, “You will…