Ok so i’m jumping right into it…fill in the blank! What are you letting people see? I believe that God has given all of us Christ-followers a level of influence. After all, we are “peculiar” people (1 Peter 2:9) or strange folks and people wonder what or who we are all about. There are many people within our radius who we sometimes overlook. Some of these folks may be on our “spiritual lists” or God-ordained people that He will use us to reach.
I love how Jesus said in John 8:12 that He is the light of the world. As Christians, because we follow Christ, He also calls us the light of the world in Matthew 5:14. Looking at the life of Paul, we can easily see that he embraced becoming “light”. When writing an encouraging letter to the church of Philippi, he says “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me (suffering, imprisonment) has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.” (Philippians 1:12-14)
Three things: First, he lets us and those around him see that he used to be the persecutor and is now persecuted for the sake of Christ. His testimony is that all of this is for God to receive glory from his life. The second thing Paul lets us see is how clearly evident Christ is in his life. Wherever he was, everyone saw that he was on Jesus’ side. Being in chains for Christ for everyone to see should be our goal. Lastly, Paul lets us see that because of his decision to devote his entire life to Christ, God has used him to add souls to the kingdom!
Can the people in your sphere of influence clearly see a life of worship and praise devoted to Christ? Can they see your zeal for Christ so much that they inquire about salvation? I urge all of you in music ministry to worship Christ as if others’ lives depended on it. You are the light of the world to “let them see” Christ!
Suggested prayer: Lord, thank you for the example of Paul’s life. I am grateful that I can examine these heartfelt and passionate letters to the church that challenge me to live my life fearlessly for You. Help me to imitate Paul by letting people see a life that advances the Gospel. Use me to offer to confidence in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Music and songs are created by God to worship Him, giving Him glory, honor and praise. Psalm 98:4-7 says “Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.” God has given us the ability to create beautiful music and rich harmonies to be an appreciative response to all that He has done for us! I would even suggest that these “new songs” are to be in response to the “new mercies” (Lamentations 3:23) we see each day we are blessed to open our eyes.
While playing music and singing songs are ways to worship the Lord, we must understand that God desires and seeks it. “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24) We can also see Christ’s desire for worship in the story of the “Ten Lepers” from Luke 17:12-19 where it says “As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” By Jesus asking the healed foreigner “Where are the other nine?”, we see that He desired the same (loud and expressive) praise from the other healed men. As servants of Christ specifically in worship ministry, lets remember that the Lord truly wants, but more overly expects our praise and worship.
Songs keep the message of Christ in our hearts which means they also help us submit to the Lord in our daily walk, resisting the enemy (James 4:7). Through songs we can develop and maintain a heart of humility. Colossians 3:16 says “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.” Wisdom is found in the scriptures and the songs that we sing to the Lord are scripturally based. Therefore, through music, I learn scriptural content that builds my faith “in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Suggested Prayer: Lets thank the Lord for creating music and songs (instruments, providing our musical abilities and our voices, melody and harmony, words through scripture) for us to sing to Him with hearts of gratitude. Ask God to keep your hearts and minds focused on the message of Christ. Pray that it dwells in you richly so that you will always recognize His goodness and never forget to worship Him for it. Finally, with hearts of humility, thank God for using you to lead others closer to Him through music.
GAVIN MCKINLEY DAVIS
WORSHIP LEADER | MCLEAN BIBLE CHURCH