SOME STRONG MEAT FOR THE MUSIC MINISTERS (2) – NATHANIEL BASSEY
The way and time you launch out will determine how long you last. If you are in a hurry to launch out, you will also fizzle out in a hurry. And talking about encouragement, this is how I was encouraged. I was taught the word, and encouraged by my pastor to first and foremost chase hard after God. Then musically, he encouraged me to practice for hours. I can never forget the time my pastor planned to have Wynton Marsalis to come to Nigeria, all because he wanted me to see a world class trumpet player and be inspired. He encouraged me by buying me music resources, books and my equipment to practice. He did this the times he travelled, and would ask what u wanted. Thank GOD I was wise enough to ask for things other than cloths and shoes. And then as I grew, he had me minister a lot in church. And shortly before he passed away, began asking me to prepare to record my own songs. Can you see the trend? I began playing the same trumpet in 1991 but it wasn’t until 2008 that I recorded my first album, 17 years after.
I’m not saying you have to wait 17 years. The point I’m trying to make it that there’s always a process and time involved in achieving true success and greatness. People differ, and their timing may be Shorter than others. Let me also use Sinach as an example. Even after many well known songs, sung around the world, that lady didn’t minister outside her church. It wasn’t until a few years ago we began to see her doing so. She had served in her home church, and still does. But you see a young man or woman, barely started, and they want to sing at the EXPERIENCE and tour the world. You want a powerful music ministry, one that touches lives and nations. One with posterity, that will out live you after you have left this world?
THIS IS THE WAY.
I’m not talking about packaged music ministry, something you run in the flesh and with money, NO SIR/MA. Something that ends even before you begin. I’m talking about true, effective and solid Christ-centered music ministry with undeniable Apostolic proofs. You will have to walk the straight and narrow. And here’s what I have found, when you are ready, the platforms and sponsors just show up, miraculously. And that because it is God’s agenda and not your’s. And God sure knows how to fund his things. If after reading this, you still think I’m trying to delay your turn to shine, then I’m afraid you are not ready for the real deal. But I pray for you today, that the Holy Ghost that has opened my eyes to these truths, will do same for you. And let me add, this is not just theory, by the grace of Almighty God I am a living witness, and can tell you, these principles WORD ! Like night and day. Let me end with this illustration.
There are trees and there are trees. A Cedar is one of the most special trees in the world. And even in the Bible. While most trees will grow in a matter of week, a Cedar takes as long as two years to grow. But all this while, it grows downwards, taking its root in streams of water. And you can imagine what other trees will think of it. A failure, one that won’t grow. And it’s like the story of our lives. When God is working on you, it looks like a wilderness time. And appears as though things are happening to other people except you. But then when a Cedar tree starts to grow, it grows so tall and wide and can live as long as 2,000 years while others last but a few years. It would interest you to note that some Cedar trees that were in Bible times still exist today. This speaks of posterity. Let me ask you. Which would you rather be, A CEDAR TREE or every kind of tree God bless you.
(please send to every stake holder in the music ministry)….