The proper heart attitude for Christian singers
This is a quote from Alan Redpath concerning the heart attitude of Christian singers:
“The principle of the world is ‘self glorification’ and the principle of the Christian is self-crucifixion. The principle of the world is ‘exalt yourself’ and the principle of the Christian is ‘crucify yourself’. The principle of men is greatness, bigness, pomp & show and the principle of the cross is death. There is a never a breaking through of communication of Christ’s life in your heart and through you to others in heavenly conviction and authority which will challenge or bless them unless at that point there has been a personal Calvary.”
I believe that Keith Green set the best standard for all who desire to minister in song. He had the proper heart attitude when he went before God, laid his music down on the altar and refused to take it up again until he knew that was what God wanted him to do. Having such a heart attitude as this made Keith a powerful minister in the hands of God to accomplish His purposes. This is the standard that must be lifted up once again for today. Even Buck Herring has lamented the state of “Christian music.” Indeed, much of what is heard on the radio that passes for ‘Christian music’ is nothing more than a clone of what the world listens to. We really don’t need the world in the church. In fact, the Church is to be separate from the world. Ecclesia means “THE CALLED OUT ONES.” We have been called out of all the stuff of the world and into new life in Jesus Christ. And whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, we are to do all FOR THE GLORY OF GOD! (1Cor 10:31) Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. (Col 3:17)
Christians who minister in music are not to be ‘performers.’ We are not to be ‘putting on a show’. If we do then we are drawing attention away from Jesus and onto ourselves. What happened to the standard that Paul stated rather clearly when he said in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” We are, as Keith sang, to be alive to God and dead to ourselves! When we stand before men, we are to stand as living witnesses of the Living God and we are to point both saint and sinner to our glorious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We must go in the strength of the Lord God and exalt His name. The task of the music leader in the Church is to exalt Christ and to lead the Church in the worship of God! The true minister will lead the congregation to the Throne of God. Their hearts will be prepared to listen to the Word of God as they are already sitting at HIS FEET!
Consider the testimony of those who witnessed the ministry of the group “The Second Chapter Of Acts.” This is testimony that we should strive for. It was said of them that when they sang “They were singing to Jesus.” And those who listened to them were caught up in the worship of Jesus Christ. I say that we must GO AND DO LIKEWISE! If you have any other mindset than that of exalting Christ, of dying to self and pointing others to Jesus Christ and HIm alone, then you need to go and find something else to do. You don’t belong in the Christian ministry!
The man or woman of God is one who loves Jesus and wants others to see Him and only Him. Is this you? Is this your hearts desire? Then go before God first and seek His will. If God directs you to this type of ministry, then you will be of some good to the people of God. If not, the condemnation of God to you will be “I did not send them. I did not commission them. They are not helping these people at all.” Jer.23:32
God bless you.