• Andrew Owens

In All We Do

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:15-17 (Holy Bible NLT 2015)

My father is a Worship Pastor. When I was younger, me and my two brothers were the “go to” options for running the sound for weekly choir rehearsals. Initially, I thought it would be awesome, but after twenty minutes I was bored out of my mind. See, I have ADD and I am very easily distracted, so as an eight-year-old, waiting long periods time to push one button did not keep my attention very well. I thought, “why can’t he get someone else to do this? It’s just practice, do they even need this CD? Why can’t my mom just play the piano so I can go do something else?”. As I grew older and started leading worship myself, I began to realize how crucial “small” roles like this were. At this time, we were a bit past CD’s, but during our practices, the person running lyrics was our best friend. As a kid, I would have enjoyed this role much more. Granted, while some people may think there isn’t much to it, it requires attention and the ability to keep up with what’s happening on stage. But just like when I was a kid, I started hearing volunteers say something like “hey man, do I need to come to practice? All I do is run the words”.

We have to stop devaluing our positions and begin to understand why we do what we do. Worship is not reserved for musicians and vocalist, those under the spotlight and those easily seen. Whether you’re on stage, behind stage, near stage, or away from stage, you are a worshiper. I now make it point to make sure that any team I lead know how much they are valued, how important their role is in weekly services, and how they are also worship leaders. I also want to make sure they understand that it’s important not only to look at how we do something, but also why we’re doing it.

We must remember, we aren’t showing up every week simply for the congregation. We do what we do first and foremost to worship and glorify God with our gifts and talents. We must recognize that it is all for Him! Vernon M Whaley in his book “Exalt His Name: Understanding Music and Worship” says “God does not want us to focus on fancy music programs; He wants us to focus on Him! He does not desire for us to aim for a perfect performance; He desires us to aim for a perfect heart before Him. He does not want us to set our hearts on well-organized music programs, new hymnals, state-of-the-art sound systems, expensive instruments, or magnificent choirs and practice rooms; He wants us to set our hearts on Him”. (Whaley 2018)

God has allowed us to serve in the local church and that should not be taken lightly. We, as believers, have each been given a gift by God to use in service of Him. 1 Peter 4:10-11 says: God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen”. (NLT 2015)

Friends, recognize that what you do is vital and take pride in what you do and how you do it. What you do on a weekly basis for your church is never insignificant. It is never unimportant. What you do, from playing music to running cables, plays a vital part in the local church and whether you’re on stage or off, you are a worship leader. What you do matters and in all you do, do it for the glory of God and the good of man.

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