Today I thought I’d share a few verses that are touchpoints when I think about my motivation for leading worship, and for streaming UkuleleWorship. This is something I try to pay attention to, because in the world there is a real temptation, even an expectation, to see music performance as being about the performer. But these verses remind me that, as a worship leader, it is not about me. This is part 1 of 2, and these verses aren’t in any particular order.
Galatians 6:8 “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” This verse reminds me that my actions and choices need to come from God. I don’t choose music just because it is popular, but I pay attention to the message. I don’t have the doggie cam just because people like dogs, but it also opens up the door to talk about pet therapy and our call to visit the sick.
Matthew 6:1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.” This is something I try to check in with often. Am I “practicing righteousness before men”, or am I living out who I am in the Lord and not hiding it. I am the “real me” at all times – sometimes off key or forgetting words/chords, sometimes getting caught up in the music, often talking too much. But never trying to act out a level of perfection that isn’t there.
Romans 10:14 “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” I can’t be afraid to talk about God and Jesus. For someone, this may be the only place they have heard about them without criticism and derision.