I released a song on my third album called, What’s Your Reason for Living?
The same thought goes for music..
Why do you make it, what’s your motive, and what’s your goal with it?
When life comes down to the crunch, truly, what is our reason for living on this earth?
If you could tell me what the reason you were born for, or what your purpose is, I’d be glad to hear in the comments!
But the answer is, we don’t know our purpose, and we don’t know why we are here. But if you choose to follow Christ, He does give you purpose, and an infinite source of continuous love; whether it be hard love or a shoulder to lean on.
So in this blog post, I’m going to talk about some of the ways people use their music, and what brings the best result in the end. (Obviously in my opinion, of course!)
Ya of course, we all need money. The Bible speaks of this directly!
King James Version (KJV)
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Jesus specifically tells us that, yes, He knows we need these things like clothes, food and money, but He also tells us that this life is only temporary. Same with the possessions we own, and not to get hung up on them!
Money is great, and in the music industry there is definitely lots of it, but as we can see, money doesn’t bring satisfaction or fulfillment.
Maybe for a bit, but it can quickly lead to destruction!
So as we can see, money fades away and can leave someone with a void in their life. How do you fill it?
Awesome! The praise of men!
Men that love you in your face, yet spitefully speak evil things behind your back.
If you do not plan your actions wisely, things can jump out of no where and bring you down.
Some decisions may not effect you until later in your life or career. Once these things slip back into action, you got some major regrets.
Choose your relationships wisely.
Col 3:23-24 (ESV)
23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Fame will quickly bring a man down as people will take take take and leave you with nothing.
Connections and Satisfaction?
A cool part about the music industry is all the connections you can make.
You start to realize how small this world is when so and so know this person, or so and so refers someone to your services!
Also, creating music does bring a satisfaction that is hard to explain. It’s fun listening to your own music. That’s also how you improve by studying your music, listening how you can change things up or add things in.
But what is the message behind your music? Even if it’s just a good meaning song, what does it benefit someone once they die? Christ says that after death, there is either heaven or hell.
If that good meaning song talked about world change, that’s awesome. But did that good meaning song tell you that hell knocks at the door if you don’t know Jesus?
So what do you make your music for?
Do you care who it’s influencing, or do you just take the money and run?
I’ve spoken on this topic briefly with one of my videos:
Music is powerful and effects millions every day.
Not only do the things you say in your song last for your life time (and others), but your words can influence others to take action with what you say (whether that be good or bad).
Now Christ promises salvation to all who believe on Him. What a beautiful message, and what a beautiful thing to talk about in songs.
Such peace, joy, contentment, relief, and fulfillment to hear and speak Christ’s Word’s of deliverance; especially in a song!
Now a lot of people will say,
“Oh well my music is for Jesus, but I try to reach non-christian people”.
In other words, they try to cover up Jesus behind the words without saying the name Jesus.
And do you know what.. sure, who can say God can’t use you? But Christ knows your heart.
In the end,
Only Christ brings that satisfaction and fulfillment. And at the same time, you get to preach the Good News of Christ!
If Christ has truly set you free, and is continually molding you, then you know the power of what Jesus did on the cross!
Life may be going great, but when disaster hits, where do you run? What do you do?
Run to the money? Seek fame?
What does Jesus say about this?
The Wise and Foolish Builders
King James Version (KJV)
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Be Wise with Your Music,
You can never take your words back.
Not trying to sound like those TV commercials about drinking and driving, but really, music does close to as much damage to people’s lives as alcohol!