The New Live-stream

Driving my son to his friend’s house—he was in high school at the time—I took the opportunity to share an observation with him: “Music can influence you to accept thoughts and worldviews that you would never entertain had they not been put to lyrics with a pleasing melody. You have to be careful about what you take in through music.” After silent pause Matthew replied, “You’re right.” (A rare and welcome confession from a teenager.) Whether from audio files or radio frequencies, music reaches our ears, each song purposefully planting its own message into our soul and ultimately influencing how we think, speak, and act.

In our March 22 post (The Artist at Work in Us), we observed that God is the actor in our transformation—in kindness and love He steadily changes us to the image of His Son. Yet we also have an active role in this divine work: we participate in the renewing of our minds. Paul urged believers in Rome, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind;”1 likewise to the Ephesians he wrote, “be made new in the attitude of your minds.”2 For our minds have a default “frequency”—the alluring “music” of our flesh. Paul warns us, “the mind set on the flesh is death . . . because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so.”3 But “the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace”4—this is the new “live-stream” accessible to all who are born of the Spirit5 and made new through faith in Christ Jesus.6 What we choose matters.

So Paul exhorts us: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”7 Our life is in Christ and our citizenship is in heaven,8 so we align our minds accordingly, setting them on the Spirit through the truth of the Word and the power of prayer. As we draw near to God relationally, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”9 God renews our minds as we set them on Him.

Gird up your minds, be sober, set your hope fully upon the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 RSV

Father, send Your Spirit to dispel lies with truth, that we would reset our minds from our flesh to Your Spirit. Renew our minds as we set them on You. In Christ we pray. Amen.

1 Romans 12:2
2 Ephesians 4:23
3 Romans 8:6-7 NASB
4 Romans 8:6 NASB
5 John 3:6
6 2 Corinthians 5:17
7 Colossians 3:1-3
8 Philippians 3:20
9 Philippians 4:7

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