Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "At The Foot Of The Cross"1 (Lyrics)
Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (NKJV)
I have been a musician for many years — all of my life. I have played with many musicians in a variety of places and situations. As a Christian, it would be nice to be able to play with like-minded Christian musicians who have the same musical interests. Unfortunately, we live in a very barren area with regard to Christian musicians.
With this in mind, I had to make a decision. Would I stop using the talents that the Lord has entrusted to me, or would I let my light shine among the lost? God's Word tells us that we are to be "blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:15 NKJV). In 1 Corinthians 5:10, Paul says that if we were to escape the company of immoral people, we would have to leave the world altogether.
Considering this, I decided to play.
My wife and I are both involved regarding my music, and this is our witness to fellow musicians and the audiences that we entertain.
As Christian lights, there are several things that the world is quick to observe in us: our conversation, our manner of life, and the love in our hearts. A double-minded person is unstable, so our conversation and our life should match up. We should have hearts of love for our fellow man.
1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (NKJV)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we believe that You have entrusted us with the responsibility of being light-bearers for You in a lost world. Help us never to shirk the opportunities that You give us. Help us always to be mindful of the love that You showed us when You gave Your only begotten Son for our sins, and to be faithful to demonstrate this love to others. We love You because You first loved us. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.