Give and it will be given. Seriously.
January 20, 2011
Luke 6:38 (New King James Version)
38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
This December capped a year in which the Lord has dealt with me more on the issue of giving than any other year in my life. It was August when the Lord spoke to me about how I had an unhealthy hold onto my finances that didn’t allow the Holy Spirit to have freedom to give through me whenever he pleased. My stinginess and refusal to give the Holy Spirit control was creating emotional ties to my possessions. But this post isn’t mostly about money. It’s relating directly to the issue of being a giving musician. This many times begins with money, as Timothy says in 1 Tim 6:10 that, “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” But many times what begins with the “love of money” digs deeply in every area of a heart. Down to how we spend our time, energy, and words.
The reason we have a stingy spirit is self-preservation. It’s the reason you don’t want to give your money away, so you can maintain control on the quality of your living. It’s why the rich young ruler was so sad when Jesus confronted him with greed. The issue is holding on to what you own because you fear losing it. This is so prominent within the music culture.
“A good magician never reveals his secrets”, “you worked for it, don’t cast your pearls before swine”. These are all arguments I’ve heard from people within the music/worship industry, from a guitar player not wanting to reveal his practice techniques to the mixing engineer who doesn’t want people to know his mixing tricks. Holding on to what gives you an edge over others is extremely common. I even have bought into that type of thinking in different ways in my own musicianship. It wasn’t until the Lord started setting me free from my self-preservation knit to money that I realized that seed had been planted deeper in my heart that I had imagined. When you take the above passage, Luke 6:38 to mean more than money you can set yourself to be in a kingdom mindset that allows you to give your talents, work and time freely and with a happy spirit.
Give and it will be given is a promise. To say that you will have more by hordingis to call the words of Jesus untrue. I truly am beginning to believe I will receive more of what I actually need from the Lord if I generously give my tips, tricks, time, talent and energy to other musicians and singers. This is ESPECIALLY true if they are not as experienced, mature, or have other areas where they can give back to me. It’s the principle of Matthew 25 “Inasmuch as you did this for the least of these, you did it to Me”. When we start giving ourselves to the hungry and those who are asking for help He gives us more because his flock is being fed and we’re actually giving to him. He’s a good Father who loves to gives good gifts.
Warning! – Receiving may not look how you hoped it would. That’s what makes him a good Father. He gives us the gifts according to what we need, not what we THINK we need., Most musicians I know think the receiving is always in the form of awesome sounding music that will blow everyone’s mind. I think the Lord does give creative music for sure, but from what little I’ve experienced, the giving generally looks like a greater anointing, more articulation, more grace to ask for more, more grace to practice and a happy heart. It really is the fruits of the spirit the Lord gives, which have more to do with music than we think. Serve! Give! Don’t be afraid to give away your “secrets”! The gifts and callings of God are irrevocable (Rom 11:29).You won’t lose your place, calling, anointing or position because you give, that generous spirit will actually be the very thing that will cause you to grow in those areas.