SOME STRONG MEAT FOR THE MUSIC MINISTRY – NATHANIEL BASSEY
Church leaders are very pivotal to young men and women achieving their full potentials in Christ. I say this because I am a product of this. Most of you have read my story, and I keep telling it to encourage younger folks, and to put them in the straight and narrow path. I have since found out that it is not Love or an act of kindness and goodness to put a young man or woman in the limelight, merely on the basis of talent. This is something I personally did not understand but as I grew, and matured in Christ, this has became so clear and real to me. Many say doing so is to encourage them. But I say, true encouragement is discipleship, preparing and equipping them. You see, in my days at the city of David, serving under my late pastor and mentor, I struggled to understand a few things.
We would have guest preachers and music ministers from the USA and other parts of the world come, and whenever they saw me play, some would approach my Pastor to ask if they could take me to the abroad for some events. My Pastor’s reply to them, which he once told me, was this,“HE IS NOT READY?” I just couldn’t understand. Not ready? Are you God??? USA? How do you know I’m not ready? All these I thought in my heart. But do you know the truth? I WAS NOT READY. If you follow talent and gift alone, you can miss it. Truth is, Probably, I would have absconded in the States, towed a very different path from what I have taken today, and altered my whole destiny forever. But today, I’m full of thanks that I had a wise and spiritual man of God to make those hard decisions on my behalf. That’s why I advise music ministers, no matter how high God lifts you,
HAVE A PASTOR. DON’T BE THE LORD OF YOUR LIFE. YOU NEED A MAN OR WOMAN WHO CAN LOOK YOU IN THE EYE WITOUT SENTIMENTS TO SAY “CALM DOWN”
Anyway, back to my first gist. I believe in training and discipleship. In fact, that’s why the scripture calls the followers of Christ DISCIPLES, from the word DISCIPLINE . Because we a disciplined people. Soldiers of Christ. And if there’s something soldiers do, they TRAIN, and are TRAINED.
Why am I writing this? I know a young person, who perhaps has zeal for the music ministry, and by hindsight and foresight, having gone ahead in this ministry by God’s grace, realized he has a lot of work to do. Because when it even comes to the Singing itself, struggles to stay on key through a song, talkless of a whole worship session. Then talking of the things of the Spirit, has quite a long way to go. Character nko? Very little or almost zero. And when you encourage such to stay, learn, seek God first, and then work hard to develop the gift and talent, would just think you hate them and trying to block their destiny. And before you know it, they run away. And sadly, hear how they have been sponsored to produce a single or an album, and my heart just weeps for them. Also because some of us church leaders can’t be sensitive enough to pick and identify those that need to be FIRST prepared before launched out. It would shock you to know that we do this in an attempt to make them stay in our church. However, this is done at the expense of their lives. Hear me dear, Jesus spent over 20 years preparing for a ministry of just 3 years. I say over 20 year just to leave out his very early days, but most would say 30 years. The one we call the WORD, himself sat down listening to doctors of the law, and asking questions.He did this for years before launching out.
TO BE CONTINUED