25 November 2014
‘But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.’
2 Corinthians 3:16-18
This is a different kind of post, in response to a different kind of Sunday. I don’t know how many of you were in the first service, but there was definitely a different ‘temperature’ in the room. People seemed less engaged and joyful than usual, and we have no idea why. As we lead, and people do not respond how we had anticipated, it can mess with your head (they respond better = ‘I must be killing it!’ they respond poorly = ‘I suck’). And as I was personally fighting for the truth in my own heart on Sunday, there were a couple of things that came to my mind (which I shared with the team on Sunday) and felt may be helpful to share here.
First: we look at the outside, but God sees the heart (1 Sam 16:7). And just because people seem unresponsive does not mean God is not working and moving – our performance (not speaking merely of music) does not make Him any more or less able to accomplish what He desires (as if He needed our help in the first place).
Second: circumstances (or the temperature of the room) may seem dark, but there is no darkness too dark that cannot be overcome by the Light of the World (Ps 139:12). What a dark room does not need is to be whipped up into some emotional frenzy, what it needs is for Light to penetrate. We are not the generators of The Light – and we only know God because He has chosen to reveal Himself. So as we’re leading (from the front or in the congregation) our prayer should always be ‘God reveal more of your glory to our dark hearts, wake us up to see more of who You are!’
Jesus is the true worship leader – so in our time of preparation and prayer as individuals and as a team our goal is to align and stay in step with where His Spirit is leading… And in case you were wondering, He’s always leading us back to Himself - the Light of the World (Jn 16:13 & 8:12)!
So we hold the course. We fight the temptation to let our emotions get the better of us and change everything last minute to elicit a response from people. We press into what we’re singing, playing and where He is leading all the more. We lead by example (like what Charlie shared with us last week) by singing like we do or desire to believe the words with our whole hearts. And with prayerful discernment we lean into the Spirit as He leads us to Jesus, even if He takes a different route than we had mapped out ourselves.
Holding the course together,