Creativity is necessary to be an effective Christian music minister. We use our creative gifts in almost every aspect of our ministry including: songwriting, stage presentation, merchandise design and our marketing online. But we often tend to default to what we know has worked in the past for other people rather than putting in the work to use our creative gifts. Using our creativity opens us up, leaves us vulnerable to failure and other people’s judgement. We’ve been taught that playing it safe and repeating what worked in the past is a good model for business, and maybe it is. The sure thing, efficient time management, low risk, and a good return on your investment cannot be dismissed. But repeating what’s already been done is not always a good model for art or relationships. Artists are the risk takers, the ones who always lose track of time, the mess makers, and the innovators. Our western culture often leads us to believe those are not good characteristics. But I don’t think Jesus agrees with our western culture.
Check out this excerpt from The Christian Musicians Devotional:
In Front of Jesus
“They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus.”
What would you do to get closer to Jesus? What would you do to bring someone else closer to Jesus? The men in this story had to get creative in order to get their friend right in front of Jesus. They had to think about things in a way that they had not previously considered. They were willing to do the unusual, the unexpected. If they had told people ahead of time that they were going to cut a hole in the roof, they would have been laughed at. People who noticed what they were doing were probably concerned about the mess. After all that creative thinking and work, they were not 100% sure their idea would work. But they tried it anyway and got results!
The entire process sounds quite a bit like what Christian music ministers go through to do their ministry. We take chances, because using art to bring people closer to Jesus is risky. Our ideas and our expression of those ideas leave us vulnerable to ridicule and failure. It takes courage to do something different, to cut a hole in the roof or to share Jesus through a new song. Notice that Jesus did not condemn these men for trying something new or for making a mess. In fact, verse 5 says, “Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, ‘My child, your sins are forgiven.’” The man was healed immediately, right on the spot and his sins were forgiven because of their great faith! God honors the courage to act on our faith in whatever form it takes. So, go ahead, be courageous and express your faith using every bit of creativity you have!
Prayer: Father, thank You for inspiring my creativity. Give me the courage to use my gifts in new and unusual ways.
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