Better a patient person than a warrior. One with self-control than one who takes a city.
— Proverbs 16:32

The most important thing to rule when you’re a minister, let alone a creative minister, is your emotions. This isn’t easy. Our emotions are the result of what’s going on in our soul and we should never make apologies for it. Our soul is the place of creativity and passion. It’s the place where cathartic experiences lay hold for others who are on the receiving end of our ministry. In other words, they feel what we are feeling. Managed correctly, it can be life changing for others. However, if our emotions are not something that reside in our own kingdom and if we don't master them, we end up becoming their slave.

No creative minister can function that way and be effective. What ends up happening is one of two things: Either we shut down all together and become emotionally congested, unable to locate our true feelings, withholding from being creative altogether or we disqualify ourselves from being used in ministry because the purist in us refuses to compromise, resulting in lost opportunities. The good news is that it doesn’t need to be one way or the other. When we analyse the scripture above we see that the proverb makes mention of the words self-control. Self-control as we all know is one of the fruits of the spirit.

When Paul told the church in Galatia to live by the Spirit, he was referring to the way in which we conquer the flesh and rule our emotions, which was and is to live by the Spirit. It’s black and white. When our emotions are at an all time high, they can serve us, but without a cut off point they can end up destroying us. We can’t stifle our emotions if they are a source of brilliance in our creativity. It’s when they become counter productive that they prevent us from living by the Spirit. Simply put, living by the spirit means knowing when enough is enough. When we live by the Spirit we learn and begin to appreciate the term restraint. In other words, just because we can, doesn’t mean we should.

When the time is right, if you’re being truly led by the Holy Spirit, you will feel an ease to move on an idea. God will not only trust you but bless that idea which makes all the difference.  


Ryan was the Music Director of C3 Church in Sydney Australia for over 13 years and in 2017 moved into a pastoral role at C3 Church Oxford Falls as well as taking on the Music Faculty for C3 College.


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