This post is the fifth post in a series on the core values of worship ministry. These core values were selected by David Loftis, worship pastor at Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, NC. These posts are taken from a series of devotions he asked me to write to accompany a training series he did on these core values. Click here to read the entire series.
Our fifth core value focuses in on who it is that we follow. The members of our worship ministry recognize that we are all servants of the LORD and minister for the pleasure of our pastor and his team. In 1 Samuel 14, Saul’s son Jonathan decided that God might be calling him to go and attack a nearby garrison of Philistines all by himself! He didn’t tell his father about this risky plan, but he told his armor bearer who would have to accompany him. An armor bearer was a young man who would carry the large shield for his commander and often other weapons. He would often finish off those soldiers his master wounded in battle. This crazy sounding idea hatched by Jonathan would put the armor bearer at risk also.
What is your response when a supervisor at work or a leader at church asks you to do something you would rather not do? Do you argue, gripe, and complain? Do you reluctantly do just enough to minimally check off the box? Or do you trust the vision and devote yourself to the task in submission to their authority?
How did the armor bearer respond? Jonathan doesn’t even do a great job of selling the plan in verse 6: “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.” MAYBE the Lord will work for us? I would have needed a little more assurance. But the armor bearer replies in vs. 7, “Do all that is in your heart. Do as you wish. Behold, I am with you heart and soul.” And, of course, God does indeed show up and allow them to rout their enemies.
God tells us many times in His Word that He is the source of all those in authority over us. We are commanded to joyfully submit to that leadership. In fact, we are called to submit even to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Eph. 5:19-21) In worship ministry, that means that we submit to the pastor and to others placed in authority (band leaders, choir directors, section leaders, etc.) and we do so without grumbling or complaining. In addition, God’s Word urges us to pray for our leaders. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” Are you following your leaders and praying for them?