Our mission statement is like our ministry’s name … simple enough to understand, but something that can make you look a little deeper than usual. You see, God gave us each individual talents and choices; choices to use those talents for our own glory or for His. As a ministry, He gave us a mission – to use our talents, the lessons and the music that He’s given us to reach out to others in His name.
It sounds easy enough. Musicians being directed by God Himself to play music and teach others about Him. How much better could it get? However, following the path that God has laid out for you isn’t always an easy task. Staying true to that path requires sacrifice, dedication, hard work and the strength to go against the grain sometimes. In all things that we do, we have to remember several things…
- God’s use of us is a gift, not something that He needs to do in order to accomplish something. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
- We can’t earn God’s approval. It is given to us through grace. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;” (Ephesians 2:8)
- We should never look down on anyone, for we are no better than anyone else. “For being free from all, I have made myself bondman to all, that I might gain the most [possible]. And I became to the Jews as a Jew, in order that I might gain the Jews: to those under law, as under law, not being myself under law, in order that I might gain those under law: to those without law, as without law, (not as without law to God, but as legitimately subject to Christ,) in order that I might gain [those] without law. I became to the weak, [as] weak, in order that I might gain the weak. To all I have become all things, in order that at all events I might save some. And I do all things for the sake of the glad tidings, that I may be fellow-partaker with them.” (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
- We must accept the fact that not everyone will approve of us. “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
- We can’t take it personally and get angry when someone says something negative about the way we spread the Word of God. “The Lord’s servants must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone. They must be able to teach effectively and be patient with difficult people. They should gently teach those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will believe the truth.” (2 Timothy 2:24-25)
- Any glory that may come our way through the music is God’s, not ours. “…for every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; but he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 18:14)
- No one out there is too “bad” to be saved. “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” (1 Timothy 1:15)
Bottom line … We want our music to encourage, exhort and edify. We want our ministry to meet with Christ’s approval. We want to bring God’s Word to all of His children, not just members of one church, one denomination or even one town.
The 21st century has brought about a new day in a battle as old as time itself. We represent a new breed of warriors for Christ. Our music and our ministry are examples of the new weapons that God has chosen to wage war for the saved and the lost, the dedicated and the undecided, society’s “cream of the crop” and those society would just as soon forget.