My 8 yr old head was pressed against the school bus window, I was staring at the side of road as it blurred past. Every time the old bus hit a pothole, my head would bounce off the window, only to smack against it again. Over the radio I could hear some sad sounding pop song playing. This particular one, played an awful lot.
“Would you dance, If I asked you to dance?” and later on the singer would ask, “Would you cry, if you saw me crying.”
Smack! The bus hit a pothole again, and my head hit the window. Perhaps I can remember this all so clearly because I had hit my head so much. Maybe it was something else.
I remember thinking, that if I loved someone. I’d cry with them. If I loved someone, I’d dance with them. I would share their pain and their joy. It resonated with me. I could not imagine a close friend for whom I did not ache when they were in pain. And I could not imagine not laughing with them when they had joy.
You share emotion with those you love.
In Matthew 11, Christ is berating those who rejected Him. He says that they are like children who are talking to their friends. The children say,
“We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; we wailed in mourning, yet you did not weep.” (Mt 11:17 NET)
Christ explains his illustration. When John the Baptist preached without eating usual food or drink, the people said he was possessed. When Christ preached while eating and drinking the people said He was a glutton and a drunk.
God had extended Himself in two very different ways, and yet the people would not hear Him. They had no desire to relate to the truth. They refused to see past their ignorance. And why was that?
They didn’t love God.
They never wanted Him. They refused to hear Him. They refused to hear His solemn message of judgment. They refused to hear His tender message of love. Their hearts would not be moved. They would not be reached.
Christ knew He had been offering a relationship to a people that had no desire for Him. There was nothing for Him to do concerning these people.
Is there something in your life you need to address? Has Christ been calling out to you? Would your heart listen to His?
Would you mourn with Him over your sin? Would you dance with Him because of His love?
You can do either, or both.
But if you close your heart to Him and feel nothing, you will lose much.