Who’s Getting the Credit for Your Art?
So often I think I’m doing things for God, but in reality I am just trying to get a name for myself. But God wants to get the glory for what I do.
A while back my band got an invitation to play on a talk show in Holland. The show was called "Sonja on Monday”, and at that time it was one of the most famous talk shows in Holland.
We were all very excited about playing on such a big show, and the studio audience seemed to enjoy our performance. Afterwards, I asked some people who had watched it on TV how it had gone, but everyone I asked changed the subject. Then I went back to our apartment, and in the mailbox there was a note saying, “David, did you know that you sang out of tune?”
After that, I would walk down the street and people would recognize me from the program and start laughing at me. I would go to a grocery store, and they would say, “Didn’t we see you on Sonja?” And they would start to laugh.
I needed some peace, so I went to the zoo. I was sitting at an outdoor café trying to collect my thoughts, when suddenly someone there as well started pointing and laughing at me. I sat there praying, God, why didn’t you let me sing well? I know that I can be proud, but why did you have to humble me like this? This was our chance. Why couldn’t you humble me in another way?
But as I prayed, I felt like it was not because of pride. I felt like God said, “I wanted you to sing badly so that when I use your band, everyone will know it is because of me, not your singing.”
God wants to get the glory for what I do. God allowed this to happen to remind me that great talent and a perfect performance, while not wrong in of themselves, can get in the way of God getting the glory. I want to perform well and my band works very hard, but ultimately God made it very clear during that time that if my art was going to have a significant impact it couldn’t be about me.
So I challenge you, regardless of how much talent God has given, give Him the glory. Human praise is cheap and a poor substitute for the amazing impact your art can have if you give Him the glory!