This post is a part of a series that starts HERE.
As I start to wrap this topic up, I’d like to talk about a passage from the New Testament that we can often read right over. I think it fits in nicely with the subject I’ve been ranting about, though.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to HIS own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. (2 Peter 1:3-5)
The reason we might read right over this in a devotion is, I think, because it can be hard to connect the dots between these very lofty ideas and our day-to-day lives. That difficulty isn’t intellectual, but spiritual. This passage speaks to a divine invasion that comes into every aspect of our lives, leaving nothing of value that is ours apart from Christ. When our motives are lined up with God’s agenda, this is great news, but in the areas of our lives where we’re trying to carve out a little agenda of our own, this can feel like an intrusion. Wherever we are most motivated to carve out some personal success (including the credit and compensation), this passage won’t feel like great news.
Note what this passage says:
- There isn’t anything we’re left to do by our own strength, because it is the power of God that has granted us everything that pertains to life and godliness.
- We’ve been called to the glory and excellence of Jesus, not to build an excellence of our own.
- We are partakers of the divine nature, which includes His agenda, His success, and His life in us.
- All of this accompanies an escape from the sinful desires of this world.
I confess that there are times when I want my world of music to be MY world of music. Rather than escaping the sinful desires of the world and using my music to celebrate Jesus’ success, there are times when I’d like to use music to escape from everything (including God) into my own little world. Music can be controlled. It can be measured. It can be turned into a manageable task list. It is emotional and fun, and sometimes its own addiction. That makes it dangerous, though, doesn’t it? It is certainly dangerous enough to warrant our purposeful intention to use it safely.
It helps for me to realize that anything that makes me independent from Jesus is not an escape, but a prison. He is our only escape. He is an escape from the pain and pressure of the performance machine, and He is the source of power that purifies our music-making.