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    MUSIC or MISSIONS?


    A Challenge to all Worship Leaders, Christian Artists

    and Musicians for Jesus.


    by Keith Green


    [For as long as he could remember, the late Keith Green's greatest

    dream was to be a musical success. After he gave his life to Jesus,

    however, he felt the need to surrender those aspirations. Ironically,

    when sometime later he sensed God was directing him to pick

    these abilities back up, his music soared straight to the top of the

    contemporary Christian charts. The following message was birthed

    out of his personal struggle to strike a balance between music

    and missions, humility and fame.]


    Today, so many people ask me if I can tell them how they can

    start or enter into a music ministry. At concerts I get countless

    questions about this, and I also get lots of letters and even some

    long-distance phone calls from many people who feel they are

    only "called" into the music "ministry" One day I began to ask

    myself why so few have ever asked me how to become a missionary,

    or even a local street preacher, or how to disciple a new believer. It

    seems everyone would prefer the "bright lights" of what they think

    a music ministry would be, rather than the mud and obscurity of

    the mission field, or the streets of the ghetto, or even the true

    spiritual sweetness of just being a nobody whom the Lord uses

    mightily in small "everyday" ways.


    Are You Willing?

    My answer to their question is almost always the same. "Are you

    willing to never play music again? Are you willing to be a nothing?

    Are you willing to go anywhere and do anything for Christ? Are

    you willing to stay right where you are and let the Lord do great

    things through you, though no one may seem to notice at all?"

    They all seem to answer each of these questions with a quick

    "yes!" But I really doubt if they know what their answer entails.


    Star Struck

    My dearest family in Jesus...why are we so star struck? Why do

    we idolize Christian singers and speakers? We go from glorifying

    musicians in the world, to glorifying Christian musicians. It's all

    idolatry! Can't you see that? It's true that there are many men and

    women of God who are greatly anointed to call down the Spirit of

    God on His people and the unsaved. But Satan is getting a great

    victory as we seem to worship these ministers on tapes and

    records, and clamor to get their autographs in churches and

    concert halls from coast to coast.


    Can't you see that you are hurting these ministers? They try

    desperately to tell you that they don't deserve to be praised, and

    because of this you squeal with delight and praise them all the

    more. You're smothering them, making it almost impossible for

    them to see that it's really Jesus. They keep telling themselves

    that, but you keep telling them it's really them, crushing their

    humility and grieving the Spirit that is trying to keep their eyes on Jesus.


    Ultimately, what we idolize we ourselves desire to become,

    sometimes with our whole heart. So a lot of people who want to

    become just like their favorite Gospel singer or minister, seek

    after it with the same fervor that the Lord demands we seek after

    Him! And again, we insult the Spirit of Grace and try to make a

    place for ourselves, rather than a place for Jesus.


    A Thankless Job

    How come no one idolizes or praises the missionaries who give

    up everything and live in poverty, endangering their lives and

    families with every danger that the "American dream" has almost

    completely eliminated? How come no one lifts up and exalts the

    ghetto and prison ministers who can never take up an offering,

    because if they did they would either laugh or cry at what they'd receive?


    How come?


    Because (1) we're taught from very early on that comfort is our

    goal and security... and (2) that we should always seek for a lot

    of people to like us. Who lives less comfortably and has had less

    friends and supporters than the selfless missionaries who have

    suffered untimely, premature deaths trying to conquer souls and

    nations for the whole glory of God? Do you really believe we're

    living in the very last times? Then why do you spend more money

    on Gospel records and concerts than you give to organizations

    that feed the poor, or to missionaries out in the field?


    There are ministries all over the world where "penniless" people

    are being saved and transformed. They are broken people who

    have promise and qualities, but just need someone to bring them

    God's light during the times when their lives seem so completely hopeless.


    I repent of ever having recorded one single song, and ever having

    performed one concert, if my music, and more importantly, my

    life has not provoked you into Godly jealousy (Romans 11:11) or

    to sell out more completely to Jesus!


    Quit trying to make "gods" out of music ministers, and quit

    desiring to become like them. The Lord commands you, "Deny

    yourself take up your cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23).

    My piano is not my cross, it is my tool. I'd never play it again if

    God would show me a more effective tool in my life for proclaiming

    His Gospel.[God gives us each our own unique tools. But we

    may never use them if we become more interested in someone

    else's. Seek God, ask Him for His plan for ministry (true, God

    glorifying ministry) in your life.]


    Conclusion

    To finish, let me say that the only music minister to whom the

    Lord will say, "Well done, thy good and faithful servant," is the

    one whose life proves what their lyrics are saying, and to whom

    music is the least important part of their life. Glorifying the only

    worthy One
    has to be a minister's most important goal!


    Let's all repent of the idolatry in our hearts and our desires for

    a comfortable, rewarding life when, really, the Bible tells us we

    are just passing through as strangers and pilgrims in this world

    (Hebrews 11:13), for our reward is in heaven. Let's not forget

    that our due service to the Lord is "... not only to believe in Him,

    but also to suffer for His sake"(Phil. 1:29).


    Amen. Let us die graciously together and endure to the end like

    brave soldiers who give their lives, without hesitation, for our noble

    and glorious King of Light.


    ~Source-


    http://www.lastdaysministries.org/
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