Posted by Matt Marvane on 18 September 2015

It was three years ago that things changed for me. I was contacted by a mainstream label who heard my worship songs from pervious albums on MySpace. They emailed and said they wanted to meet up and talk about a project. I thought it was a joke at first, what with MySpace being such an old thing. And why would someone from the secular world be interested in working with a Christian artist?

We met and I saw they were genuine. Eventually I saw it as a chance to take the gospel outside the walls of the church. So I did an album with them, then toured and did some radio and tv promotion.

I never thought I was going to do music in secular world. I always thought I was just called to be a worship leader and speaker, never an artist for secular world. I never saw myself as an ‘artist’. It was a big challenge for me, but I’ve learned so much from being an observer of what God’s been doing over the last three years.

I’ve seen things that are exciting and scary and done concerts in places that are a long way away from church. It has taken me out of my comfort zone and changed my life.

And it has changed how I lead worship. I see people differently now. I see my ministry differently too. Being out of it you have to open your eyes to what people are going through and what their needs are. I think it helped me to be more full of thankfulness, to see what I do not as a job but a gift. And it has given me me a fresh love for the people.

It has changed my faith too. My prayer was always ‘God I’m here to sing and to share my music and my words.’ I saw myself more as a missionary than an artist. If I’m honest, I was too busy doing things for the church, not spending enough time being the church. I was suffering from not having enough connection with the outside.

I’ve learned that we can be so busy doing our stuff, doing our thing that we can miss the real point of being connected to the people outside. Music, songs, good lyrics and creativity are a key way to connecting with people.

It might have been scary taking my music away from the church, but I’m so excited about it now. I’ve seen people come to Christ, even in my area in Dijon. I’ve had many opportunities to share the gospel too.

I’ve been blessed to make new connections with people who are not believers. It’s been a blessing for me and I hope for them too.

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