Music Ministry is About Loving Fans

Today you are getting something special—a post from my husband, Mark Wise (my favorite person in the whole world). Mark has been in music ministry since he was twelve, travelling with a couple Christian bands, playing on worship teams, and recording. I could go on forever about how amazing he is, but I’ll let you read this and see for yourself!

God Wants us to Wear Pink

I’ve heard it said that pink is the new black, I must admit that I have no idea what that is supposed to mean.  I’m not suggesting you go out and buy a new wardrobe; this isn’t about fashion tips, but rather the expectation I believe God has for each of our lives.  But I want to be clear to all those (like me) whose ideas of a colorful ensemble is blue jeans with a black shirt: don’t worry, in this case “pink” is only a metaphor.

Let us say for the moment that the color pink represents love.  Not romantic love, brotherly love, or the passion one has for chocolate (I’m not judging).  I’m talking about 1st Corinthians 13, Agape love; a self-sacrificing, unconditional caring that emulates the love that God has for us.  Arguably the most well-known verse of the Bible, John 3:16 says

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (KJV).” 

The Father loved us enough to sacrifice his only Son to save us; the Son loved us enough to take the punishment for our sins.  But do we truly love one another in this way.  This kind of love is not a feeling, but an action and it should be so self-evident that anyone who sees us should know that we are emissaries of the God of love.

So if pink symbolizes love, and God wants us to live this kind of love, then God wants us to wear pink.

And I don’t mean a splash of pink.  You can go to church any given Sunday and see someone wearing a pink tie, or a pink shirt. There are pink bible covers and pink phones, and depending on the kind of church you attend, maybe pink hair.

That isn’t enough.

God wants us decked out in a pink zoot suit, pink fedora, with pink wingtips, driving our hot pink caddy from our inside-and-out pink homes to our inside-and-out pink music ministries and churches.

If your inner-eye is bulging, then I’m glad.  As attention getting as such an ensemble would be, so should a life of genuine love.  The people around us in need should be able to see by our example that we as Christ-followers are in the business of love in action.  No one should wonder if we will care for them or reject them, love should be open for business.  Our homes should be beacons of love; our churches and music ministries should be love factories.

When asked what was the greatest of all commandments, Jesus answered,

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”  He went on to say, “A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39).  In the gospel of John Jesus said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35).

Love is not a suggestion; it is a commandment from God that reveals to those around us that we are true Christ-followers.  Jesus commanded his disciples (and through them, all who would follow) to love one another with the same sacrificial love He had shown them (John 15:12-13). The Bible even goes as far as saying that anyone who does not love others does not know God and does not love God (1 John 4:8, 20).  It is easy to say “I’m a Christian”, but do we live it?  If the only sacrifice I make for God is waking up early on Sunday and maybe dropping some cash into the offering plate, then I am neither serving nor pleasing God.  I could preach award winning sermons, prophesy wondrous understanding, speak prayers that invokes miracles and give everything I own to the poor, but if I do not love others it would all be meaningless.  Don’t take my word for it; these are the God-inspired words of Paul in his first letter to the church of Corinth:

 1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

 8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

 11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

 13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

(1 Corinthians 13, NLT)

God wants us to wear pink, that is, God wants us to wear sacrificial, unconditional, active love, every day, to all those around us— especially our fans.

Every one of us has been given different gifts and responsibilities within the body of Christ, but above all else is love!  Love is our greatest responsibility, our greatest gift to share.   Pray that God reveals to you how you can wear more pink, how you can share love in action to those in need.  God wants us to be the light of the world, let that light reveal to the world the compassion and caring that God has given us.  As the hymn says, “they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

May that be true: wear Pink!

 

Mark Rocks!

 

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This post was updated and republished from the post called God Wants Us to Wear Pink originally published on March 5, 2012.

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