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Over the summer, a musician friend of mine shared with me about a non-profit record company called Come and Live. While a lot of record companies are involuntarily becoming non-profit, I found it interesting that someone would choose such a thing. I was even more amazed to hear that the record organization gives all of the music away. They see their bands as missionaries and operate like a mission board that blesses hearers with music.
Something about this ministry amazes me, and it isn't merely their vision (though I think their vision is incredible). What amazes me is that this is a genuinely new idea. A follower of Christ sought God and allowed his creativity to operate in the power of the Spirit. The result was a brand new idea. Come and Live is not a Christian version of a secular organization. It is not a re-packaged version of something tried before. It is a brand new idea from Christians. Praise God! I was afraid we had forgotten what that looked like.
I have grown so weary of Christian versions of secular ideas. I nearly vomited when I heard that someone came up with a Christian version of Twitter. For so long, we have embarrassed ourselves with timid, unimpressive versions of secular ideas that only serve to keep us and the gospel away from the people who need both so desperately.
We were once the leaders of culture. For centuries, Christians were at the forefront of philosophy, science and the arts. I'm not sure why we quit creating and started imitating, but I know how things must change. Come and Live is something brand new. Let's start making things new again.
Here are a few thoughts on how:
- Don't try to copy someone else's idea! If I see another "Christian version of..." I will throw a case of Testa-mints at you.
- Allow the Spirit to lead. Stay connected to Him all the time (Word, worship, prayer, etc.)
- Vision first. What has God laid on your heart? What burdens you? What are you passionate about? Decide on a need first (one there is no answer to yet) and then ask God how He wants to use you to make a difference.
- Risk. Don't drop the idea because it seems hard or impossible. If God gave you the vision, He will provide the resources. Start the process now.
- Believe your critics, but don't believe your critics. Someone will tell you why it won't work. If they share your vision and want to help, listen to their thoughts. If they aren't doing anything about your vision, hear them out and keep moving forward.
- Change. Your idea will have to change a lot. Keep working it. You may have to cut away things you have worked on for years. Keep working. Lose what doesn't work to focus on what does.
- Believe God. I know it sounds simple, but its true. If God gave you the idea, He will see it through with you. Keep moving forward.
What has God burdened you about? Do you have a brand new idea? What is your next step to make it reality?