Why You Do What You Do with Matthew West
What moves you? What touches your heart and compels you to take action? Jesus’ love and compassion for you compelled Him to act on your behalf, to make a way for you to experience all the Father has to offer? Why did Jesus do what He did? Because He knew firsthand the love of the Father, and He wanted you to know Him too.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
– Psalm 34:17-18 ESV
You may find Matthew West’s motives for doing what He does a little surprising. The five-time GRAMMY® nominee, Christian music songwriter/artist said, “I don’t want a hit song. I want an impact song.” The driving force in his songwriting is compassion. “I want to write a song that could be a lifeline for somebody.” For Matthew, a lifeline song doesn’t always equal the number one song.
Let your motivation of why you do what you do point others to Christ.
Early in his song writing career, Matthew started collecting people’s stories. His compassion for others helped him to write a song for Renee, who just lost her daughter in a drunk driving accident, and she’s trying to figure out how to forgive the person responsible. So he wrote a song for her about forgiveness. He wrote a song for Jordan, an all American athlete who got hooked on oxy, became a drug addict, got kicked out of college and lost his scholarship. God radically changed his life, and now he wants people to know there’s hope from addiction.
Jesus’ motivation pointed others to the Father. Matthew writes songs for people so that they can know God sees them and loves them. In what ways will God use you to show others the way to the Father. Let your motivation of why you do what you do point others to Christ.
Today’s One Thing
Take time in prayer today to ask the Father how you can share His love so that others want to know Him too.