Ride the Wave (By Rick McCollum)


God is blessing.  Ride the wave. That is why I am so interested in being on mission, using music and the arts. Since beginning in the music ministry in 1976, I have been riding the wave of God’s movement.  As someone once said, “find out what God is doing and go get in on it.” Today, there is a movement of God blessing Christians on mission, through music and the arts.  Some have coined this term as “missional.”  I call it “worshipers on mission,” and thus, the title of this blog.

While it is fun to ride the wave of what God is doing, it is also important to keep a balanced Christian life. Having a balanced Christian life does not mean to live it in moderation.  Rather, it means we are to fully devote ourselves to become followers of Christ. We need to be spiritually well-rounded as Christians. It is important to do so for a couple of reasons.  First, God gives us a plan for a balanced Christian life.  Second, that plan gives us the tools we need to ride any wave that the Spirit of God provides.  So, what is this plan for a balanced Christian life?

This plan begins with a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. This is the ultimate purpose of each individual Christian (John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing).  With Jesus Christ as our focus and center, we are to follow Him.  Fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ are engaged in four main activities (this is what keeps us balanced):

1. Studying the Bible (as God speaks to us in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit) which becomes Discipleship. (John 8:31-32 Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”)

2. Practicing Prayer (as we respond to God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit) which becomes Worship. (John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.)

3. Engaging in Fellowship (as we relate to God’s people in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit) which becomes Church. (John 13:34-35 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another)

4. Sharing a Witness (as we relate to others about God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit) which becomes Mission. (John 15:8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples)

Move with the Spirit of God as He moves, but don’t disregard the other important activities of the Christian life. While on Mission, continue in Discipleship, Worship and the Church.  God may move in a different way in the future.  The Spirit of God is now pouring out blessings for those who will dare to go on mission for Him, especially using music and creative arts. God is blessing. Ride the wave.


~ by Rick McCollum on November 3, 2011.

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