Today’s Reading: Romans 12:2

Growing up I listened to lots of Christian music and even had a separate “Jesus” playlist. It’s been a long time since I’ve played any of those tracks, yet I feel more grounded in my faith than ever. My faith doesn’t affect so much what I listen to, but rather how I listen. The Christian music genre hosts an ample variety of songs, but if it’s all we ever listen to, even as Christians, we’re missing out!

I bet you can think of a song that doesn’t mention Jesus or God and wouldn’t be classified as “Christian,” yet reflects the love, courage, or hope for a better world that we value as people of faith. Music inspires and uplifts, comforts and heals. It is not only a tool to praise and worship, but also a medium through which God can speak to us and through us.

When I remember that music is made by people who were created by the same God that created you and me, I am reminded that God is in all music. When I remember that all music simply reflects our experiences in this God-given life, I am reminded that all music gives us glimpses into who, or what, God is.

God is in our ability to listen, reflect, empathize, enjoy, sing along, and dance along. God is in a musician’s ability to create, express, and share. As people of faith, we have the capability of recognizing God in this world in ways and places we might not expect. Where have you seen God in an unlikely place lately?

“Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” —Martin Luther
Written by Kristen Young