Dream with me for a moment. What if millions of Christian musicians, in response to the gospel, caught a vision for writing creative, varied, thoughtful music that enabled congregations to worship God more profoundly and depicted all aspects of life from a biblical perspective?


What if they believed there was no greater goal than serving God's people, wherever that might take them? What if Christian musicians devoted themselves to handling the word of truth as effectively as they handle their instruments? What if they gave themselves to training, studying, practicing, learning, teaching, all to serve God's purposes of edification, worship, and evangelism?


What if the world started coming to the church for ideas?


The success of the Christian musician is not based on number of units sold, size of concert halls played, or number of awards received. There is only one standard: in view of God's mercy, am I living a life that upholds the reputation of the Savior, and using my gifts to serve God's church in humility? Am I being faithful to the gospel?


This is my prayer for every Christian musician: that God may be glorified not only through our music, but through our lives.


Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Eph 3:20-21, ESV)


That's it for this series. Next week, we look at some of the issues associated with Christian musicians operating outside the context of a local church.


P.S. -- Though I've focused on musicians, this message is applicable to every Christian. If you're a young adult who wants to develop or increase a passion for your church, I invite you to attend the New Attitude conference this January. Hosted by my fellow pastor, author Joshua Harris, New Attitude is for anyone age 18-29. I'll be teaching a breakout session there this year. We'll also have the privilege of having Louie Giglio from Passion join us as a main-session speaker. For more information, please visit www.newattitude.org.



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