Having a music career as a Christian artiste does not have to be daunting task. This article hopes to highlight the fundamental principle of faith and how it relates to producing music as a Christian. It can also aid in having a successful career as a Christian creative while overcoming stumbling blocks associated with life in general.
There is a common misconception that a lot of Christians have when it pertains to faith. Many Christians think that faith is believing hard enough for something to happen and this in return will make sure that the thing we were believing for will happen. This type of belief is not only dangerous but also removes God and our responsibility to be righteous from the decision making processes. In more cases than not, this type of thinking may lead to failure because it does not provide God an opportunity to direct the creative process. Faith is a critical aspect for believers wanting to know what is required of them and how to go about accomplishing their objectives. Faith should be the basis for the Christian creative, otherwise the path chosen may become unnecessarily difficult resulting in a lot of frustration and disappointments. (Psalm 127:1)
What then is faith? Faith essentially is our connection to God that allows us to know the will of God in any given matter (Hebrews 11:1). It is manifested by releasing God’s will into the atmosphere (Mark 11:23) and is strengthened by the time spent with God in prayer, reading the word and demonstrating God’s love (Romans 10:17). To break it down, faith comes in measures with the top end of the measurement scale being ‘Faithful’ and at the lower end is ‘Mustard Seed Faith’. Let’s think of faith as the bars on a cell phone that represents the cell phones connection strength. This is directly in relation to the cell phone’s ability to identify and communicate with the cell towers that are closest to the cell phone’s range. Similarly, being closer to God will improve our faith.
If you have been following so far, as Christian creatives our demonstration of faith is essentially ensuring God’s approval is being met in every area of the creative process. This is the only way that God is pleased in what is being created (Hebrews 11:6). A Christian creative’s success should not be based on his ability to do what is popular, the number of fans or financial gains acquired. It should be measured against the question “Is this what God wants?”. If as a Christian artiste, you are not sure if God is pleased with your music, a simple way to test it is to look at your walk with God as a general representation of your faith. This can be done through observation against the 10 Commandments. If we are struggling with even the least of the commandments, are we really creating music for God or are we just riding on the Christian genre to hide our own insecurities.