I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
This past weekend, my husband, Danny, and I attend the LIFT conference hosted by Passion City Church here in Atlanta. It is a two-day event geared toward worship leaders and filled with praise songs, prayers, and lots of practical, encouraging advice for those of us responsible, week after week, for leading our congregations in contemporary worship.
How inspiring and upLIFTing it is for us to sing praise songs with some of the best artists in Christian music: Chris Tomlin; Matt Redmon; Christy Nockles; Kristian Stanfill, and David Crowder. Wow!!! All musicians/songwriters whom Danny and I admire greatly. In fact, we play so many Chris Tomlin's songs at church, we jokingly call our band, Crossroads, the Chris Tomlin Tribute Band.
And, the message from Pastor Louis Giglio? Something every worship leader needs to hear, to know, and take to heart: It's not about us; it's about Jesus. Period!
Our song set might be rocking, our sound system top notch, our lead singer the best in the business, but if we are not centered in Christ Jesus, no one who attends our services will see the glory of God. And, isn't that why we do what we do? If it isn't, it certainly should be!
I don't think there is a musician out there who can't identify with the dilemma of performance versus worship. Yes, we naturally want to do our very best while leading the service. One wrong note or glitch in rhythm leaves us cringing with embarrassment. We so want our congregation to see us as "perfect" and without blemish.
But, there is only One who is perfect . . .
And, in order to lead others to Jesus, we first must abide in, belong to, and find our authentic selves in Him. He must be our center, our focus. He must be the reason we sing. He must be our all and all.
Christ, not us, needs to take center stage. That's where He belongs. He is the one toward whom we need to point in worship.
On the stage of your life, who is at the center?
Will you pray with me?
It is all too easy, Father, for us to take credit and accolades without giving the honor and glory to You and to Your Son, Jesus Christ, and thanking You for the gifts we have. May we lift high Your name and point others toward You in all we think, say, and do. May we always give You center stage in our lives. Amen.