“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay
It’s easy when you are a creative person to get all caught up in the what, the how, and when, and the where. Where’s my next gig? What’s my next song or great piece of art going to be? How do I get a bigger audience? When will I get paid?
Believe me, I know because I live as a creative very day. I understand where these thoughts and anxieties come from. But as Christians, these gifts were not given to us to be used for profit or fame. These God-given gifts were given to you so that you could take out the Word of God to the world.
(Boy he’s really getting preachy, isn’t he?)
The reason I go into this is, especially as a music producer (and a music artist), it’s very easy to get lost in the minutiae, the emotion, and the business of making your art. People want things from you, expect things from you, and you spend a lot of time trying to think about all the whats, hows, whens, etc.
It’s also easy to think as artists and creatives that if we don’t make, perform, present, show, or put out new art to the masses, they may forget about us, or we may not survive financially. We know how the “business” of our particular craft works, and we are smart enough to know what we need to do to keep it all going.
There’s also the artistic part of this. That beautiful feeling when you finish a song, a painting, a story, or a project. You love to revel in it, be lost in it, and show it off. It’s like a drug.
In doing all those things it’s easy to forget why we are doing it. We are so used to just doing it, that we keep the “I’ve got to do it” blinders on. At least we are being true to the gifts God gave us by doing, right?
But we can lose site of the real reason why we are doing this. It was laid out pretty clearly for us.
“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:16-20
Yes, I may have used this before. I may have shoved the Great Commission in your face like a kid saying “See?” to prove this point. Only because…it’s what Jesus told us to do! Specifically! It’s why God gave us these gifts. It may not answer the how, the where, or the when, that’s up to us.
Our creative gifts are the what. But ministry is the “Why”.
Then the answer to “why” will lead you to clarity on all the other questions. What do you do? Make a product and get it out to the world. Where do you go? Anywhere people will listen. How do you do it? See What and Where. And the when is easy: it’s now!
“Whatever we do, we must not treat the Great Commission like it’s the Great Suggestion.” ― Charles R. Swindoll
Have a great week!
Eric Copeland is a little bit of a nagger to independent Christian artists and songwriters. He’s so pushy and preachy. But only because he loves them and wants to see them have success. If you’re interested in talking with or reading more about how Eric serves Christian ministries, start here!
“I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” – Romans 1:11-12
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