Oswald Chambers on Atmosphere
I was reading recently some of OCs works – in one he said something regarding music and atmosphere, which ties into some of these quotes below. While music and the arts move us, it is important to have a spiritual eye open to what exactly we are celebrating or worshiping. Someone once said that we read books not to agree with the author, but to gain their perspective and there are aspects of that with music too. In music there are some dangers the other arts don’t possess…as music can take us (transport us) into an immediate spiritual condition / influence in powerful ways. The old saying “good art is not what it is, but what it does” also ties into this. It may seem I digress, but our ultimate “work” of art is you and me…our character, and at the end of our lives our buildings, cars, money, drums, music, books, boats, and myriad other possessions will not be on display as we stand before Christ and account for who we are. What will that atmosphere be like? Below are a few quotes from OC on atmosphere.
It is not what a man does that is of final importance, but what he is in what he does. The atmosphere produced by a man, much more than his activities, has the lasting influence.
The main thing about Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the atmosphere produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to look after, and it is the one thing that is being continually assailed.
To say a man has a good nature does not mean he is a pious individual, always quoting texts. The test of a nature is the atmosphere it produces. When we are in contact with a good nature we are uplifted by it. We do not get anything we can state articulately, but the horizon is enlarged, the pressure is removed from the mind and heart and we see things differently.
The thing we value most in a meeting is not so much what is said, but the release that comes from the different atmosphere that is brought in, and we can begin to think. We benefit most by things over which we cannot be articulate, and if the truths we read or hear are the truths of God, they will crop up again. “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp” The things we listen to and read ought to be beyond our comprehension, they go into our minds like seed thoughts, and slowly and surely bring forth fruit.