Doesn’t this title make you leap for joy? You may have spilled your coffee in excitement.
When it comes to being a better worship leader, we’d sign up for just about anything other than trials.
I’ll take a CD, book, t-shirt, or conference any day, but when it comes to painful life experience, I’d rather pass.
But the truth is, trials will make you a better worship leader. Actually, I believe it’s hard to be a good worship leader without them.
When I was in college, life was mine for the taking. I was dreaming, receiving compliments, and getting opportunities to lead on campus. I was doing God’s will and loving it.
Life was also pretty simple. The toughest decisions I had to make were whether to go to class or skip, go to Applebee’s or the cafeteria, hang out with friends or take a nap. Life was good. The future was bright. But then something happened that removed me from the spotlight.
WORSHIP IN OBSCURITY PREPARES YOU FOR WORSHIP CORPORATELY
I got sick. I’m talking really sick. So sick that I had to leave school, stop doing ministry, and try to figure out what wrong with me. A year and a half later, after countless doctors and tests, I had some answers. A year and a half.
During that year and half, I couldn’t lead worship. I couldn’t walk up stairs, for that matter. I had no muscle strength, was swollen, and quite pitiful – stuck in a current reality I NEVER would have chosen for myself.
Maybe you’re there now – in a season of obscurity where you feel unrecognized and forgotten. This will prepare you for corporate ministry. I’m convinced the best worship leaders have gone through trials and they’re better for it. Here’s how:
1. Your motivations are tested in secret – when you face a trial, you’re love for Jesus is tested. It’s easy for you to sing “Blessed Be Your Name” or exhort the congregation to do it, but are you living it? The true motivation of your heart is tested when you’re alone and worship God in spite of your pain.
2. You will lead out of a better story – everything that happens to you is another chapter in your story. You’re not responsible for what happens but you are responsible for your response. I’m convinced the best worship leaders lead out of a “today” faith in Jesus. They’re not just song leaders but truth tellers who live what they sing.
3. You will know God better – Or, you won’t. When you’re tested you have a choice to either run from God in anger or to God in worship. I did both. I started out angry but eventually pressed deeper into Jesus than I ever have. The intimacy with God that results is amazing, especially if you’re so sick you can’t do anything else
4. You will sympathize with your congregation more – The truth is, you’re congregation is going through intense pain. Many of them don’t know what to do – they mask what’s truly inside. They come on Sunday looking for hope. When the people know they are following someone who has worshiped their way through a trial, they will trust you more and look to you for leadership.
5. You will be marked by humility – I’m talking humility in the deep places of your heart, not just talking it. You will know that the result of anything good in your life is God. The source of every breath you breathe is God. You will live under the sobering truth that sometimes God gives and sometimes God takes away but no matter what He is worthy of praise.
Maybe your life has been shaken and you’re not able to do what you once did. Or maybe a life situation is simply nagging at you and you wish you could erase it. Don’t waste it. Allow it to form you into a true worshiper of the living God. And go, lead others to do the same.
Question: what trials are you currently facing? How are they making you more of a worshiper? You can leave a comment by clicking here.