Romans 6:8-14 ~ instrumental

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In the movie August Rush great music graphically resonates through the air in visual and audio symphony. The lead characters are most alive when they commune together, concerted through the music they each uniquely were created to make.

The same is true of our life together with Jesus. As we give ourselves completely to God, our lives begin to graphically resonate in a grand, timeless symphony. Our bodies become instruments orchestrated to the glory of God… most notably when concerted together through our uniquely created talents and moments.

It is a rhythmic life, this life with God. We are no longer ruled by dissonance… but in the knowledge of harmony can even turn the worst clash-notes into a marvelous dance of life. Freedom to create movement of life in concert with God and others is the celebration of true believers. It is a message to be heard, yes… a resounding experience to perk up souls around the world… But it is also a message in which to participate, to find one's role in the concert. 

Paul suggests that the power of sin has no sway over us anymore. We are not to let dissonance reign in our lives. We can overcome the disruptive sounds of sin by learning to move in progression with our Conductor, full in the resurrected life of Christ, full in the rich tones of faith, and full in the vibrant measures of God's grace.

Romans 6:8-14 ~ And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. 12 Do not let sin control the way you live;[a] do not give in to sinful desires.13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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