Reba McEntire got choked up accepting her Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album on Sunday night (Jan. 28) in New York City. Her honest acceptance speech brought laughter, a few tears and heavy applause. The country singer won for a gospel album, something she recognizes as unusual, if nothing else. Once handed her Grammy statuette McEntire remembered first talking about recording Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, insinuating that it was out of her comfort zone.
“I’m a country artist,” she deadpanned, leading the crowd to laugh. “But I’ve been singing these songs that’s on this album all my life, on the pond down at Grandma’s house singing ‘Oh, How I Love Jesus …’ and it’s so great to get those songs on an album.” From there the 62-year-old got even more personal. The album in many ways seemed to be her calling, and she took the opportunity to remind everyone just how much she appreciated being in a position to answer “Our job in the entertainment business is to heal hearts. That’s what God put me on this earth for, I know it is. To help other people. I love my job. I’m so grateful to get to do it.” Then after thanking her record label, she said, “I’m gonna give this back to God.”
“Back to God” was the only single from Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. The two-disc album included a mix of traditional hymns and original songs. Prior to the album’s release McEntire talked to Taste of Country about some of the more personal songs on her album:
How much of our ambition is for the glory of Jesus Christ, and how much is for our own glory !
And yes preachers and singers need to ask ourselves prayerfully that question at least as much as others should
Are we content to fade into obscurity if that best honor Jesus Christ. Here is the observation of John the Baptist on that issue, “He must increase, I must decrease.” These were unselfish spoken sincerely. Yet when John was thrown into prison (and later murdered) , he was so discouraged that he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he really was the Messiah or should they look for another!
Did Jesus use this opportunity to criticize John? No. He reminded John of the miracles he had done, and said the person who is not offended in him is blessed. Do we sincerely want to be blessed by God? Then we must seek glory for our selves. Does that mean we should not look for a spouse, a job, health, or better ways to serve God?
This is where the holy spirit should be invited into the situation, Because the Bible is not specific about any of these matters for me or you.
How much we should increase and how much we should push for our gifts and abilities to be valued should be on ongoing matter of prayer. Frankly , I try to “pray through” about such matters of great importance. This means to pray until we have the peace (or lack of peace). of God regarding a particular person or circumstance , and how and where we should proceed.
David in the Old Testament and Paul in the New Testament got that kind of guidance time after time. So have I and many Christians regarding a wife or about taking a particular pastorate or not, etc.
How good it is to get other sincere and Godly people to pray with us about matters that are very important to us, when possible. Then God will either give us the grace/favor from Him to endure the situation, or he will lead us into a more pleasant one. In my own life, as with John the Baptist and probably all followers of Jesus , I am sure that very difficult circumstantiates have caused me to draw closer to him and more dependent on him.
The Russian writer Solvents said he blessed his prison walls, for there he became a Christian. As we draw neat to Jesus for the first time or more deeply , our ambition will be that, our ambition will be that he may increase, whether we increase or not in the sight of others!