Members leaving bands and bands breaking up are all to common in the Christian music ministry. Disagreements happens, tempers flare, and before you know it—someone leaves. We expect this behavior from secular musicians. But Christian musicians are called to a higher standard. We must keep our focus on working together to accomplish the ministry.
Here’s an excerpt from The Christian Musicians Devotional to help us maintain the right attitude:
Dividing By Being Right
“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.”
What divides band members? Usually it is not our faith or commitment to advancing God’s Kingdom. We are all certain of the essential, absolute truths. Most often we are divided because we allow differences of opinion to turn into the need to be right. We think the band should do or believe a certain thing and another person sees it differently. It is not the actual differences of opinion that cause the division. People can get along just fine and accomplish their goals without always being 100% in agreement with each other. Division comes when we cannot allow each other to think differently, when we must be right and everyone else must go along with what we think is right.
Working together as band will absolutely require compromise. Often, things will not get accomplished as efficiently or as well as you could have done them yourself. Other times you might be surprised; something may turn out better than if you had done it yourself. In the end it is not the tasks, the decisions, or even the results that matter most. What God says is most important is unity and peace with your brothers.
“Make every effort” means that sometimes you will have to allow your brothers to make decisions that you believe will impact you negatively. It is more important to be bound together as a band than to always be the smartest person in the room. If you insist on causing division by always being right, eventually you will be alone in that room.
Prayer: Father, give me a strong desire to be bound together in unity.
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