Craig [Dunnagan] also had a bit of advice regarding motivation and attitude. He says,
”Some sincere Christians worry about their motivation in writing songs.
But don’t be afraid to exercise your gift for fear you’re doing it for
the wrong reason, or you may become like the man Jesus told about who
buried his talent and was punished for it. Our motives may vary from
day to day— 80/20, 90/10, 50/50. That’s not all bad. Pray for purity
and servant hood, and go ahead and write.”
This is an excerpt from the book “God Songs” written by Paul Baloche and Jimmy and Carol Owens. Available at www.leadworship.com
I must admit that I worry sometimes about my motives in writing and performing (for lack of a better way of saying it). I want so much to be sure that my motives are pure, that sometimes I allow my fear of wrong motives to hinder my creativity and work for the Kingdom. I'm still working on this aspect of purity, but as Craig said above, I don't want to be guilty of burying what God has given me and do nothing with it. We have a responsibility as leaders, writers, musicians (or whatever gifts or talents God has given us) - to use these gifts for the purpose they were given...to glorify God and to minister to and serve others, doing His work to further His kingdom.