You're a great worship leader, but how's your heart?
The role of a worship leader has always been an important one in the life of our local churches, but have we started down the wrong path?
I have a pastor friend from New York State who tells me, "We don't have a worship leader, so we use CDs". My first reaction was" Wow, that's too bad. Lord, bring someone into that poor little church and help them". Then he began to tell me that they have the most amazing worship times and God actually shows up. How is this possible without a Worship leader or a band? Is someone trying to pull a fast one on me?
I'm not saying this to tell all of you to get rid of your worship teams and put on a CD, but I am telling you to take a step back and see who and what we are focused on.
For years as a worship leader in a local PIH church, I was able to come in on a Sunday, do my thing and leave before anyone asked me how I was and where my heart was at. We had great worship and God moved in the lives and hearts of the congregation, but my relationship with the Father was a mess.
Over the years I have learned and struggled through many different challenges. One of the greatest was, leaning on my own understanding. In other words, am I doing this out of talent or am I leaning on the Father? I found myself in my worship room one day just sitting and not really saying anything to God. I find myself doing this a lot. Just sitting in His presence is a good place to be. I didn't hear an audible voice, but just that sense that He was pleased with me and He loved me no matter how talented I was. He didn't care what I sang or how I sang it. He did care that I was a mess inside. All He said was, "Kevin, you're a good Son. Worship leading is what you do, it's not who you are, you're My son".
You see, first and foremost we are His sons and daughters and nothing we do right or wrong will ever change how He thinks about us.
Leviticus 6:12 talks about God giving instructions to Moses about the altar and how to keep the fire burning. “The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it.”
God so longs to be with His people that He's willing to go to great measures to be surrounded by our praise. The altar was a place of offering and the offering was an act of worship. The key to keeping the fire burning was the fuel, the act of a priest, and the love and commitment of a creator to His creation.
Everyday, we as worshippers have to become the fuel for his fire, we have to become his burning ones. We have an obligation. NO! A command to lift up the glorified Christ in our lives and worship. When we stand before our churches on Sunday mornings and lead them into the thrown room of the Most High God, will we stand with pure hearts and clean minds? Will we commit just as the priests did in Leviticus 6 and never let the fire of His Holy Spirit go out? Will we host His presence and step out of the way during worship and allow him to do what He needs to do?
So let me ask you again, you're a great worship leader, but how's your heart?