Christian Musical Talent

Those that are musically talented can be and often are a great blessing. Christian singers and musical groups have a wonderful opportunity for ministry. However, there are dangers for both singers and congregations. If God has gifted you for musical ministry, it’s a  sacred trust. You can be used to motivate, challenge, comfort, encourage, convict and prepare hearts to be receptive to God’s Word. Any talents should be consecrated to God for His use. You are not an entertainer! You are in ministry! It can be a ministry to provide good gospel/sacred music for Christians to enjoy and be edified by, such as a concert, perhaps for an evening out, or some special event. However, Christian musical talent has often been reduced to being a performance and there has sometimes been a crass resemblance to a nightclub with perhaps the lyrics being loosely Christian. Beware of glorifying the flesh. Those that are listening have a responsibility, also. Are they attending to be ministered to, or to be entertained? What about “clapping?” Is it a “Thank you!” to those who have ministered; is it approval of a good performance and performer; is it being thankful to God; is it just an emotional expression? Does it give an occasion for pride to the musician? Frances R. Havergal’s hymn, “Take My life and Let It Be,” speaks eloquently to this matter: “Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love; take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee. Take my voice and let me sing always, only, for my King; Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from Thee.” Selah! Colossians 3:17 gives us the “bottom line.” Paul exhorted them and us that: “….whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”  Ron

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