Being a Christian who makes Music can often be challenging.
Now before I take you down this journey, I’d love to remind you that my writings are more “thoughts-related” than they are “facts-related” (refer to the introduction post for clarity).
Anyway, back to the opening statement. Being a Christian who makes music (or a Christian Musician for context’s sake), can be challenging in many ways.
You usually would have challenges such as,
- discovering or deciding the kind of musical content you love to create..
- understanding whether or not your targeted audience would relate to that kind of content…
- figuring out or making sure the content is coherent with your faith and so on.
It’s a consistent long-term soul-searching that’s very necessary for your staying on track. And seeing that “consistency” is a discipline that just a few dare to imbibe, it explains why there are in fact a lot of “Christian musicians” switching lanes. And by switching lanes I mean, creating musical content out of line with their faith, while claiming to remain in the faith themselves – which is impossible. But that’s not what we’re here to discuss at the moment.
“Christian musicians” have more than enough pressure on the inside to even be bothered about anything going on outside the camp (by ‘the camp’ I mean the Christian community). But the reverse is quite the case; as most of us go out of our way to mount pressure upon ourselves that was never meant for us.
When we compare ourselves to other non-Christian musicians in terms of fan base, airplay, viewership etc. Probably because we’ve simply chosen to ignore the fact that we are called to a different purpose:
The Spirit of GOD, the Master, is on me because GOD anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners. (Isaiah 61:1)
Also, when we compare ourselves with others who are called to the same purpose in Christ.
This, most of the time, is more subtle.
You may not find someone in church who would directly say “I lead worship with better charisma than you do” or “the Lord’s presence is more tangible when I lead the praise session than when you lead”. But of course, we’ve had cases where artistes be like, “how come he has 7 minutes to minister and I have just 3?” And so what if the next man gets more time?
Or in other cases, I hear about someone hosting a concert that turned out a huge success and I secretly think to myself, “What’s so special about doing that? I’m gonna host mine too; show them there’s a couple of us here who can do way better…”
Now I’m not saying there can’t be healthy competition. All I’m saying is we all have to be led by the Spirit.
It is what the Spirit says, not ‘what the next man does’ that should be the ultimate motivation for our work/service.
So someone sold out a particular event and all of a sudden I’m thinking about selling out a bigger show just because if He did that, then I can do this. I mean, the scriptures said I can do ask things through Christ after all.
Pause. So you’ll probably want to ask me, “but what’s wrong about that if you’re doing it for Jesus?” But if you did, I’ll be pushed to counter your question with “Is it God’s [perfect] will?”
Because there are 3 phases of God’s Will as listed in Romans 12:2. And as revealed in this teaching “3 phases of God’s Will by Rev. Chris Oyakhilome“
(I strongly recommend that you listen to the above cited teaching, it served as a real paradigm shift for me.)
To summarize this whole write-up for now, I’d say “The Art of Being Led”, as I love to call it, simply refers to being sensitive to the promptings, moves and leadings of the Spirit; being attentive to the voice of God – and obeying his voice. Obedience, I can boldly say, is of uttermost importance. As a mentor of mine once said:
Your hearing is not complete till you’ve obeyed.
– Sukanmi Okupe
So here’s a few basic points about being led.
- You can’t be led if you’re unwilling to learn and unlearn.
- You can’t be led if you don’t yield to whoever’s leading.
- You can’t be led if you don’t follow the principles required for being led.
Being led makes the whole hassle of life less stressful. Decision-making becomes smooth when you know the Spirit is in charge. And as an artiste who is being led (by the Spirit) you can confidently determine what content to put out, what audience to market it to, and of course be prudent enough to keep it in line with the faith.
And that’s it. Thanks for staying through. This year sure is promising and so I hope to be more consistent with sharing these thoughts.
See you next time.