Do you love music? Do you love Jesus?
If you’ve answered yes to both, then I believe that as people who love Jesus, and who also love God’s glorious gifts of music and song, we’re called to a response.
We may be called to the act of personal worship.
We may be called to joy.
We may be called, through the act of more intentional listening, to re-examine the way we’re living our own lives or to the need for our own spiritual or emotional healing.
We may be called to the giving of our own gifts to lead others into a deeper experience of God and God’s life-transforming power. This might mean being a worship music leader or being part of a worship music team, singing in a choir, becoming a performing musician, or a songwriter.
This last category might manifest itself in various acts of service. In rare instances it might even manifest itself in a career ministry path.
For me the calling has presented itself in all of these ways at various times. Being the founder and director of Music for the Soul, a ministry bringing the light and hope of Christ through song to people living through life’s darkest, most difficult moments adds a whole other layer of perspective to this.
I believe many have yet to discover what God’s purpose for music, and more specifically Christian songs, may be in this time in which we live.
So, let me ask you this: why is music, as represented by the gift of song, God’s greatest gift of communication?
There is actually a biological reason. Language is processed primarily in the left hemisphere of the brain. Melody is processed primarily on the right. So, if I want your total attention to convey a message to you, my best bet is to sing it! Advertisers have known this for years – that’s why they sing to you about cheeseburgers and car insurance.
Secondly, music is a memory device. Studies have shown that people remember more of what they read than what they are told, and more of what they hear in music than what they read. Why do you think we teach the ABC’s with a song? My guess is you couldn’t forget that melody if your life depended on it.
So, with a song your whole brain is engaged, your heart is open, and there is a better chance that you’ll remember whatever I sing to you. This has massive ramifications for us as people who wish to share the Gospel, and offer hope and healing to a hurting world.
During this season of Lent, reflect on those lyrics, songs, and music that “gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything; It is the essence of order and lends to all that is good, just, and beautiful.” ~ Plato
Which piece of music or song speaks to your heart of Christ’s love for you during this season?
One of my favorites is ‘Twenty-Three’: listen here.
Post written by Steve Siler / Director, Music for the Soul