Rhythm (from Greek ῥυθμός, rhythmos, "any regular recurring motion”
Story: I was part of a boy band when I was at school that formed for an event called CTC. We thought we were pretty cool. Our name was checkerboard because there were two white boys and two islanders. We thought we were bringing something fresh but reality was we were stink as. Someone video’d us singing one time in Wellington at an event. They later showed the video to me and it had 3 people swaying in time one way and me swaying in time the other way. I was way out of the rhythm with the rest of the group, and it distracted from the performance, people were just cracking up watching this sad white boy on the stage. It took away from the main point, the song, because I was out of rhythm.
Have you ever heard a band play and the drummer is in their own world, playing a totally irregular rhythm, or the guitarist’s timing is way off? It’s distracting right?
Rhythm is fundamental to music, it’s beauty becomes lost without it. In the same way, is life without Rhythm. It get’s muddy, busy, unnecessarily difficult, and purposeless.
Last weekend the night before church Te Ata and I spent time worshipping and praying together, not in such a way that it ticked a box, but in a way that was earnest and intimate. It is liberating when we spend time with God, worshipping, reminding ourselves of how good He is, and allowing God to speak to us.
Can I say that if the rhythm of your life doesn’t start here, I don’t think it is possible to live the life God designed you to live, nor become the person that God has designed you to become. In fact, I think you will become bored, you might have a rhythm, but it will be a rhythm to your own tune, ways, desires.
Rhythm with God
Mark 1:9-13Jesus went on pilgrimage to be baptized and spent forty days in the desert praying in silence, solitude, meditating on Scripture, and fasting. His spiritual disciplines connected him deeply to his Father, nourishing him and strengthening him. On this wilderness retreat he solidified his mission for his public ministry and how he would carry out ministry. He was empowered by the Father and by Scripture to overcame Satan. After his pilgrimage Jesus was ready to launch his public ministry and to start inviting people to follow him as his apprentices.Jesus lived how he lived because of who he gave his affection and TIME towards. He said this “I do what I see the Father, doing”. Jesus was about what heaven was about. If you are too busy to make time to spend with God then you are too busy. For your own sake, make the change. Can I be honest? For so much of my life I have been inconsistent with this stuff. But what I can say, is the times I have remained committed and found Rhythm, I have been free, powerful, prophetic, and passionate. If you can give God 5 minutes a day he will turn your life upside down, and that’s not even right. He deserves so much more, but he will breathe on our scraps and turn them into gold.
The Rhythm of your time with God will determine the quality of your experience in life.
I have been fortunate enough to have been surrounded by people that have deep, ingrained Rhythm’s with God. My Dad’s mana and authority is not in his ability to preach, but in his ability to walk the mountains, hide himself away, muttering in tongues hours on hours. My mum has the symbols all over the house that remind her to pray for certain people, maybe some of you hear. She prayed for my wife Te Ata the day I was born. She has been praying always. Everyday you find Dad and Mum before everyone’s awake with the bible out, praying, believing hoping. Cindy Ruakere, who is coming here in a few weeks, an incredible woman, powerful woman, you will find her every day walking and praying and worshiping. You might see a mad Māori lady singing her lungs out lifting her hands walking along the beach in Tauranga, it will be her. In Africa the pastor of the church Edmond would hold daily prayer meetings that would go from 4-7 or 5-7. On Sundays he would prayfrom 4am right through until 930am. When he walked into church when worship was going on, the Rhythm of his prayer life caused a shaking in peoples lives, literally people manifesting when he steps into the building. He carries something of power and faith because his life has Rhythm. Do you find yourself drawn to these kind of people? Rhythm is beautiful, powerful and transformational.
Check your rhythms. If despair was the main voice you heard in 2017, your rhythms weren’t right. If fear was shouting down your throat, if anxiety lay on you like dark cloud, if cynicism poisoned your tongue, check your rhythms and get in time.
Faith - Hope - Love
1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poorand give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
- Social Justice can still be cold, can still be empty, if it does not come from love, and who is love? God is love. If you have no Rhythm in God, even kindness can be pure vanity.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.God has called us to faith, hope and love. You know what, I can be cynical at times, and honestly, I am the worst version of myself when I am. If cynicism, mockery, and negativity are louder than faith, hope, and love, then check your rhythms, because you are not who you are supposed to be. When was the last time you unashamedly believed for something? Check your rhythms, because God is so great and so large, his dreams are so vast, and so beautiful, if you have Rhythm in him, you will be caught up in it, his cause will take your breath away, and cynicism, mockery and negativity will be silenced.
Cynicism, mockery and negativity are enemies to faith hope and love, and enemies to all that you hope to become.