A few years ago at a leadership conference, the worship pastor at the hosting church shared something that has stuck with me ever since. I think of it often, as it’s changed my walk beyond the stage.
In a breakout session for worship leaders (and by the way, each and every one of us on stage or behind the scenes is working to help lead others to engage in worship – so this means you, too!) he said that we are “Children of God first, ministers to others second, and worship leaders third.”
This spoke to me not only about my role as a church volunteer, but also about other areas of my life as well.
As worship leaders, we are part of a team that, each week, does something very visible.
We’re also wives, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, students, employees, friends… the list goes on and on. We’re each working hard to balance various roles, accomplish things we set out to do, etc. It’s easy to get caught up in task lists and goals and even details that truly are important, but are not our identity.
The truth is, if we just sit back in God’s presence, doing nothing for a moment, we experience that we are never loved more or less. (tweetable)
Regardless of what we accomplish, or fail to accomplish; regardless of our role at our church, our promotions at work, our good days and bad – we are cherished by the God of the universe who created us exactly as he intended, and who has an incredible plan for each of us.
Of course we are called to do more than just sit around.
Of course it’s ok, even necessary, to strive for excellence – both musically each week and in every area of our lives.
But it’s not because our excellence is what defines us.
Even in spite of our failure and imperfections, God uses us to bring glory to himself.
He loves us with an unmatched love, simply because we are His children.
In order to lead others in worship, we need to remember that our identity is not in our talents or abilities, but in who we are in Him.
We need to start with a lifestyle of worship – spending time with Him daily in our own lives. And then we need to remember that he has called us to love and serve others next
After all of this, we can also play some instruments, sing a little, and make great music that helps others to enter into His presence. But if any of that goes away – or if we have a day in which we fail to be the people we had hoped in any other area of our lives, His love for us and His calling on our lives doesn’t change.
What does it mean to you to start with a lifestyle of worship?
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