Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. – Amos 5:23
I served in churches of different denominations for 50 years. I was asked to be church pianist in my home church when I was just 12 years old. In all that time there is one unchanging truth: No matter how well you play or how impressed people are with your ability – it means nothing if your heart is not right and your motives are not pure toward God.
You can practice until the cows come home and have every note, every rhythm perfected – but it is only noise to God’s ears if you are performing for people instead of glorifying God.
If you make your ministry too much about yourself and not enough about God, it will not only be a huge waste of your time, but God will humble you. He will not be mocked and He will knock you down a few notches.
There will always be someone with more talent or who is just a better musician waiting in the wings. If your heart is right with God, that’s not going to bug you or threaten your ministry. A musician in God’s army, regardless of ability, should be on the same team. We’re all working for the same Master – aren’t we?
Once a sense of competition or one-upmanship begins, that’s when you need to have some alone time with God and get it straightened out. Serving God should never be like the secular music world. This is not a “battle of the bands”! We’re not just here to entertain the saints. We’re here to minister to souls who may not have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior.
Keep your heart right as you minister. If you do, your music will be a sweet sound and the Holy Spirit can use it to speak to lost souls – and to saved souls who may need to be encouraged. I pray He never hears noise when He listens to me play.
Lord, may You hear the music I play and use it for Your purpose. May You use the words I write and every word I say for Your good – and to help someone else. 🙂