Jesus grew up in a storytelling culture. The Greeks told fables, and the Jewish rabbis spoke in “mashal,” a very common oral and literary art form used when teaching the Torah. Storytelling was possibly the most well-known and appreciated art form of that time, and it is still very present in Middle Eastern culture and tradition today.
Many Christians treat Jesus like a subject - something to study and apply to their lives. Often the motivation is that by applying “Jesus principals”, they will have a better life. I had this view growing up. I was always wondering what “Jesus facts” I needed to learn to make my life better and to avoid hell.
In secular culture, open-mindedness and tolerance are two inviolable codes of conduct. These ideas sound noble on the surface, but our world has changed their definitions and weaponized them against Christianity.
If Paul had a band, he would care deeply about his audience. Not in the sense that we often do in the music scene: caring if people like our Facebook page, come to our shows, enjoy our music and buy our merch. Paul would care about the spiritual growth and well-being of his audience. He always cared about how others were doing in their walk with Jesus.
Jesus said in Matthew 9:37 that “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” Looking around it’s obvious that these words are as relevant now as when Jesus first spoke them. As followers of Jesus we are called to make a difference, and yet there have never been enough workers for all the work there is to be done.
Paul was a radical follower of Jesus. After meeting Jesus, he spent his life traveling the world, kind of like going on tour with a band, preaching Jesus and planting churches. He regularly suffered because of this.
I used to think God wanted me to walk away from my band KoRn and the whole crazy metal scene for good. But now I know God’s real purpose in leading me away from that world was not to remove me from it completely; it was to prepare me for going back into it.
I was about to speak in a high school in Sydney Australia after a local band called “Furthermore’ played.” The principal told me that these students were very cynical, so don’t feel bad if they just ignore you and mock you.
I sat down to start writing this blog but then my phone buzzed, Instagram declared “you have a new follower!” - awesome. Ok back to writing, but first, I need more coffee. I filled my cup, I exhaled, and thought “ok, let’s do this…” I wrote two sentences before a “ding,” signaling the arrival of a new email, broke my concentration..” I'll just see what it is, and then go back to writing…”
I first met Mattie back in my transitional phase out of Tooth and Nail into Come&Live!. If there’s one thing that resonated in my heart back then - which still does now - it’s Mattie’s passionate love for Jesus. Few people I know have started and stayed as close to Jesus through-out their musical career as Mattie has. We’re honored to share a little bit about what he’s learned along the way here as a guest blog. Read on and be encouraged!
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