If you aren’t having fun serving Christ in ministry, check your motives. A person serving out of felt obligation or trying to earn God’s love will quickly stop having fun. Jesus wants you to know that his yoke is easy and his burden is light.
It is not wrong to sing the old songs and the new songs don’t replace them. God doesn’t need to encourage us to sing the old songs because we naturally are inclined to do that. But God is still actively moving in our lives and new songs are appropriate for new manifestations of His grace.
Andrew Carnegie said that “An average person puts only 25% of their energy and ability into their work. The world takes its hat off to those who put more than 50% capacity in, and stands on its head to those few and far between souls who devote 100%.” What percentage of effort are you willing to give to God?
There are many people who dive into different ministries without ever considering whether God has gifted them for that particular service. We are like the woman who was facing a knee replacement surgery. During the final medical checkup prior to the surgery, she nervously asked the doctor, “Doc, will I be able to play the piano after the surgery?”
Worship leaders are on the front lines of spiritual warfare. While God tells us that the battle is his to fight, the best way to meet the enemy is with songs of praise and thanks. Recognizing this is a spiritual war, we are the first to the battle, as we lead the church into conflict with praise and thanksgiving. Our position on the front lines of this conflict carries with it some important responsibilities.
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?
There is a huge difference between being a performer and being a worship leader. A performer is only concerned with practice and performance. A worship leader, just like a person involved in any other church ministry, is primarily concerned with serving and loving people.
This post is the third post in a series on the core values of worship ministry. These core values were
To take others to the throne room of God, you have to have actually been there yourself. To communicate about the love of Jesus, you have to have experienced that first-hand in your own life and circumstances. How can you truly share the power of the Spirit if you have never tapped into it? You can fake it for a little while, maybe, but your audience will feel your uncertainty and phoniness soon enough.
Worship leaders are tour guides. We stand at the front with our back to the throne, sharing the excitement and knowledge of our Lord. But we understand that we are not what the people came to see. We are merely leading the people into the presence of God. Ultimately, whether the worshipper remembers who the leaders were on a particular week should be irrelevant. But they should always leave knowing they have visited with God.