Recognition, Power & Ministry

2 Corinthians 10: 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

Romans 2: 29 No, a man is a Jew if he is inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God.

1 Corinthians 4: 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.

Humans love

  • recognition
  • positions
  • doing things to get them there

But Paul talks about “the one whom the Lord commends is the one who He has approved”. That would mean that whatever we do, would not matter much because He is in charge. Think of David – after all that He had done, God calls him a “man after Mine own heart” (Acts 13: 22). In worldly terms, David was an adulterer and murderer. But David was humble before the Lord – “..David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD…” (2 Samuel 12: 13)

It is painful to see people desire positions/recognition in the church. They do things to get themselves there and are disappointed when somebody else is honored other than them. Recognition is nothing but God’s call – but our call may not be to be the pastor or music leader always.

My formula (bad word, I know!) is simple – be simple and provide your service for what you do well. It could be getting the church ready before everyone comes in – managing the church website – getting water for the pastor or somebody else in church – … Be faithful in what you do. Don’t expect anything in return. I have noticed God honor such people and giving them the recognition. Believe me, no ad or PR agency could do a better job for that person.

When applied specifically to the worship team, it is important that everyone on the team work together. Each one plays a very important role and complements the others. When you stand there on stage, ask yourself the question, “Am I adding value to this team?”. I believe it is the worship team’s responsibility to lead the congregation to worship God in truth and in Spirit. If there is any sort of dissent or power-play within the team, this task would be affected.

Remember , “a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51: 17)

God bless!

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