You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have

Bill Scott

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I love Christian radio, I’ve given my whole career to it.  I’ve always felt that being in Christian radio was a calling that God had placed on my life.  I know this blog is usually about different things we can do to improve our fundraising and formats, however, I believe this is the foundation as to why we do what we do daily.

At each station I’ve worked at or any of the syndicate shows I have done over the years, I’ve always been encouraged to share hope, encouragement and point listeners to the Lord.  My guess is most of you feel pretty much the same way.  Being in Christian radio is more than a gig for you.  If we are not careful, the busyness of working in ministry will distract us to the point we  no longer work on our spiritual life.  Trust me, after 30 years in ministry, this can be done very easy.  It’s amazing to think we are working so hard for God that we actually put our relationship with Him on the back burner.  I’m the first to say I’ve been guilty of doing that.

Here’s my challenge for you as announcers, mangers, station owners and any staff members.  Make sure you are growing spiritually.  Spend time in the Word daily.  Take time out to be part of a church.  For some going to church is going to a church building, others it’s a small group in a home but at the end of the day it’s a church.  You have to be fed daily and walk in accountablity if you plan on growing in your understanding of Jesus.  You cannot give your listeners what you don’t have, meaning you cannot share encouragement, hope, understanding of the faith if you yourself are starving.   Again, you can’t give what you don’t have.

About a decade ago I was invited to go on a tour with five bands and a solo artist.  I spoke often at youth rallies and festivals because of my involvement in the youth ministry I was running at the time.  I was excited to join these bands on tour.  I’ll never forget about five days into a 30 day tour, finding out that none of the bands read the Bible, however, the solo artist did read the Bible so I had one person on my side.  The bands were shocked when I announced we would have a daily devotional together before each event.  Long story short, the bands began to see the concerts change and kids sharing that God had touched their lives during the events.  As the bands began to grow spiritually, spending time in the word, they had something to give where before they had nothing to say outside of playing their music.  They simply couldn’t give what they didn’t have.

We live in a crazy world that is hungry for hope and change.  We first owe it to ourselves, family and than our listeners to be fit spiritually.  This doesn’t mean we are perfect, not going through our own stuff but it does mean we are spending time daily reading the Bible and having a community of believers to share life with.

I long to have God fill me with his Spirit daily so I have something to give when I am on the air and at the end of the day, my guess that is your desire as well.  Lets make this year a year of growth, accountability and full of God’s power.  I’ll leave you with this powerful quote.

“To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love.” 

A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

January 29, 2015
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