A message from pianist David Nevue.
For those of you who have been following my music career, you may have noticed that my 'focus' has taken a decidedly more ministry-oriented turn. Here are my thoughts and my reasoning behind that..
First, I have always considered my musical ability to be a gift from God, pure and simple. I would have had ZERO success without God's blessing, leading and frankly, His intervention. Knowing and BELIEVING this, I feel strongly that the best thing I can do with that gift is to give it back to Him. As God blesses me, I invest those blessings and gifts back into His kingdom, for His glory.
This really is nothing new. The music I compose has always been a reflection of my spiritual walk in one way or another. What is different, however, is that I have become increasingly aware of the Lord prompting me to be MORE OBVIOUS about my faith. I have more desire than ever to simply BE A LIGHT, shining bright the hope I have in Christ. Particularly in this ever-more divisive world.
I suppose that's the differece now. That's the change in me. I have no fear of being obvious about my faith.
I used to approach my life, subconsciously at least, as though as if it was all about my music career - about "marketing myself" - with the hope of arriving at a place where I would be remembered after I'm gone.
I've come to realize that the point of my life isn't music. My music is no more than a signpost. A beacon... a little refuge in the storm whose purpose is to bring people to a quiet place where they might better see God's grace and love for them. I am just a signpost saying... "That way... there's Jesus. He is worth of your attention. Follow Him."
I am not a preacher. I'll never be (I don't think.) That's isn't my gift. However, over the years, I have observed how the music I play breaks down the walls of resistance people have to what they perceive as 'religious talk.' It's an interesting thing to watch. If I try and talk to someone about my faith outside the context of my music, I can almost see the walls go up. However, when I express my faith through my music, in the context of a concert, people are much more open to listening. The music softens their hearts. Because it's "art," it's OK - like I have been given permission almost - to share my heart - which is my faith.
It is truly a wonderful thing to invite people to my shows, to share with them my HOPE and the reason for it. It's not like my concerts are designed to be some kind of 'evangelical religious trap' - they're not - and I don't set out to do that. But in the course of sharing my music, talking about the songs and the stories behind them, my faith just comes out. I can't help it. Since many of my songs are inspired by my spiritual walk, I talk about it, and 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... and maybe join me on this path leading to God's Kingdom.
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 and encourage them to HOLD FAST to their faith. 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 email@example.com.