Each one of us is a leader of people to some extent. We all have some level of influence. So today, I would like to challenge you to view yourself as a leader. As a Child of God, begin to see yourself as a worship leader. I like that old saying, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” That only gives us three options doesn’t it? Nobody wants to be in the way, and it is not near as fun to follow. So why not be a leader? If you feel like you have no influence, ask yourself why. If you feel like a failure, evaluate what choices you’ve made. If leadership is influence, then why not expand that and glorify God with it?! It will take discipline and humility to allow Him to shape your heart. And it will take surrendering your will to His. But just think of the endless ways in which God wants to use as a leader.
I’ve been blessed to have been raised by a dad who’s been faithful. He’s also just been “there.” Wherever “there” is, that’s where he’s been. I could always trust him and I always had a certain level of comfort and confidence just knowing he was present. many years later, as a father of two awesome teenage boys, I’m learning this lesson all over again. As dad, I just need to be “there.” My boys need to know that even when I’m not there physically, I’m still available anytime they need me. They need to know that I’ve chosen them over anything else and they are second to no one except the Lord and their mom. I’ve learned that giving them a word of wisdom can be valuable, practicing what I preach in front of them is useful, but just being there… is priceless.
The concept of the gospel of “good news” of Jesus is quite a mystery. Paul referred to the “mystery” of Christ often in his letters. The entire concept of a creator God sending His only son to this earth in human form, born of a virgin, then sacrificed on a cross to bring you and me forgiveness of sin…that’s a lot to take in. It is easy to see why a great many people would question all this. But the mystery of the gospel requires two things…the Holy Spirit revealing the truth of this gospel, and faith in our hearts to believe it. When we do believe, when we fully trust in the mystery of Christ…whom we cannot see, our lives are changed forever. We will never know the full mystery of Christ until we meet Him face to face in glory. But we can put all our trust in Him. And the more we do that, the more we understand Him.
Do you go to church with people you don’t like? Or maybe you have to work next to someone you really don’t care for? What if your neighbor is the last person on earth you would actually hang out with? How do you worship the Lord around people like this? Worship begins with humility and servitude. Jesus lived each and every day with this spirit of love. So, the least we can do as worshipers of Him is strive to do the same thing. Remember, worship is not about others and it’s not for others…it’s to God. Roughly 80% of life’s success is built is around having the right attitude. Ask the Lord to help you love others through His eyes. And even more importantly, make sure your worship is focused on the only one who is worthy of that worship…Jesus and Jesus alone.
As a worship leader, I constantly feel the tension on stage between the right motive and why wrong one. Is this for my glory? Or is what I’m presenting on that platform for the glory of the Lord? I do believe it comes down to motive. Either I am motivated on that stage to point people to Jesus, or I am motivated to point them towards me. I know this…God doesn’t compete for His glory. So, if I want Him to bless it, I had better do all I can to get out of the way. You know, the same applies to every one of our lives. Do you live to bring God glory in all you do? Or do you live to succeed on your own so the world will cheer your accomplishments? Colossians 3:23 reminds us of where are priorities should lie. “In whatsoever you do, do it wholeheartedly as to the Lord, and not unto men.”