As I’ve said before, my goal with music performance and composition is to bring glory to God and give the message of the Gospel to the world in the most powerful way I can. That’s a pretty broad statement, though, isn’t it? Recently (sitting in a concert hall, supposed to be listening to Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, xD), I began to think more about a strategic plan about how I can do this.
All I’ve posted on here so far is primarily a release of my newly composed/arranged piece of music. Music is a language, but I realized that I’m gonna have to use English as well in order to communicate the Gospel to those who are blind to their sin. So, besides my huge strategic plan that I would love to fulfill one day, but most likely won’t (plan details to be revealed one step at a time throughout each blog post, Lord willing), I know I should start here, where I have a monstrous total of fourteen followers! Ha. Well, it’s a good thing that numbers is not what counts in God’s sight. But really, the beginning of my plan starts right here, with you guys, part of God’s church (inclusive of more than my blog followers).
One of my biggest, funniest problems is that I want to do just about everything… and I can’t. I really like composing, and really like writing, I especially like studying and discussing theology, and enjoy woodworking as well, and so many more things like that. I’ve thought about becoming an elder someday because of my desire to teach the Word of God and help other people. But I believe God is calling me to compose music and to be used by God in that way. But I realized that I can do more than I thought at the same time. I could teach the Word of God through my music, teach about music, and at the same time compose music to specifically give the message that I talked about in music. I don’t necessarily have to be an elder to teach. Paul the apostle wasn’t an elder, and yet his letters fill a large portion of our Bible, and we get much of our theology from his writings. One of which is the topic that I am going to speak of today.
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
My plan is to begin writing blog posts about music. Not necessarily mine, but music in general. What music is, what it does, how to use it, etc. Now, of course, we all know those things to some extent, and I’m not trying to make it sound like you all don’t know anything about music. But God has given different gifts to different people, and some, who are not musically gifted, will naturally know less about music than someone who is gifted with music. I’m not exalting myself and saying that God gave me a better gift than other people. There are other friends who follow this blog who are writers, and they understand more about writing than myself, and see things through writing that I don’t see. But if we are at all to learn the most about every aspect of God’s creation, then we must teach one another the most of what we know: good Christian writers teach us how to write, and what writing is all about; Christian scientists teach us about science, and what science is all about; Christian theologians teach us how to interpret the Bible, and what the Bible is all about; Christian firemen teach us how to protect ourselves from fire, and what safety is all about; etc. In the end, everything is for the glory of God, and if it were not for each of us having our individual and separate gifts, we would never know as much about God as we could. This is part of the “equipping of the saints” when Paul is speaking of gifts above.
So, this has been my first step in a more strategic approach to sharing the gospel through music. I spoke about gifts today and how we should use them. In short, we are all to practice, use and teach our gifts to the best of our ability for the glory of God. I thought this would be a good ground to cover first, as I do not want to come across as thinking highly of myself because I’m a musician. That would be silly. So, I pray God would use me for His purposes, and that all of you would be edified through all of this.
~Sola Deo Gloria