A message from pianist David Nevue.
For those of you who have been following my music career over the last few years, you may have noticed that my 'focus' has taken a decidedly more ministry-oriented turn. I would like to give some explanation as to why this is happening.
First, let me say that I have always considered my musical ability to be a gift from God. As such, I feel the best thing I can do with that gift is to use it for the benefit of God's kingdom. The music I compose has always been a reflection of my spiritual walk in one way or another. This, in itself, is nothing new.
What is new, however, is that I have become increasingly aware of the Lord leading me more in the direction of ministry in general. Not just in music ministry, but in Bible teaching and counseling. I used to think my 'music career' was the 'place' where God was taking me, as if a successful career in music was somehow my final destination here on earth. I have come to realize, however, that the 'career' aspect of my life is nothing more than one stop on a much longer road, a road that is taking me to places I never expected to go.
Over the last couple of years I have observed how the music I play seems to break down the walls of resistance people have to what they perceive as 'religious talk.' It's a very interesting thing to watch. If I try and talk to someone about my faith, about my love for Jesus or how much God loves and cares for them - outside the context of my music - I can see the spiritual fences go up. I see the discomfort, almost an expression of slight fear, appear in their eyes.
However, I have found that when I express my faith via my 'art', through the music, people seem a lot more open to listening. The music softens their hearts. It is truly a wonderful thing to invite people into my home for a piano concert, and then share my love for the Bible with them. It's not like my home concerts are designed to be some kind of 'evangelical religious trap' - they're not. It's just that I play my music, talk about the songs, and share the stories behind them. Since many of my songs are inspired by my spiritual walk, I talk about that, and I share how the Lord inspires me, comforts me, and gives me direction. I share passages of scripture and talk about what they mean to me, and how the words are reflected in my music. So, for me it's not an issue of trying to 'twist someone's arm' to turn them to my point of view. I just want them to see the joy of the Lord in my life, and I pray that they will want to experience that too. In the end, when I perform and share my heart, I'm just being myself, sharing the person I am as an artist with those who will listen.
So, what am I saying?
If I have a 'mission,' I suppose it is this: to use my music, this gift God has blessed me with, to express God's love, grace and mercy. It is my hope that my music will draw people in to a closer walk with God. For those who are believers, I pray my music will bring them to a place of worship. For those who are still seeking out the truth about God, who are seeking peace with God, I pray my music will be the conduit that softens their heart so that the Holy Spirit may do his work.
If you are seeking the truth about God, searching for peace of mind about your spiritual life, please consider these thoughts. And If you want more specific details on my beliefs, you'll find them here.
Questions? Email David at firstname.lastname@example.org.