In this series we will study Paul’s 1st letter to Timothy, who was pastoring the church in the city of Ephesus. We will specifically key in on applications and lessons that apply to worship ministry and worship leaders. Today we will look at our calling as worship leaders.
“PAUL, AN APOSTLE OF CHRIST JESUS ACCORDING TO THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD OUR SAVIOR, AND OF CHRIST JESUS,WHO IS OUR HOPE”
1 Timothy 1:1
Paul was writing to Timothy, who he had sent to pastor and lead the church in Ephesus. What’s interesting in this verse is that recognizes his calling. For him it was being apostle, for us it’s to lead the church in song worship.
Whatever you do, whoever you are, God has specific callings on our lives. Mine is to be primarily a pastor/teacher and worship leader. By the grace of God I am what I am (1 Co 15:10), and I stand in that grace and calling.
Even if you are an “Accidental Worship Leader” or you’re in a season where you feel like you’re on the bench, God has a calling for you.
GOD HAS CALLED ME JUST AS HE HAS CALLED YOU
God has called us to lead his church in song worship. This gives me confindence. Even when I feel weak or inadequate, it’s God who has called me and he will enable and empower me for the task. What a great freedom and blessing to rely on his strength and not my own!
FOR THIS SEASON…
Maybe you have just been called for a season, but just because you’re temporary doesn’t mean for this moment you are any less called. For right now, this moment we have a task, so let’s get to work at it. Someone may have more talent or gifting at another church, or even in your church, but you are the one God has raised up for this moment! Rest and stand firm in that knowledge.
There was a season several years ago when no one wanted me to lead worship. It was a firmly closed door at the church I was at. But as I sought the Lord I felt sure that my time as a worship leader wasn’t over, it was just on pause. If that’s you and you feel like you’re “on the bench” I encourage you to be faithful, serve were there is a need, even if its not what you want to do long term, and invest in the future.
By invest I mean both investing time and energy in keeping up your skills, but also in your gear. I bought my current acoustic guitar and started my electric rig during a season being “on the bench” because I had the money free ( I was single) and I knew that when I got married that might not be the case. I also felt convinced that my time on the sidelines was not permanent.
I also tried not to force my way back into worship ministry. I lead worship for Kid’s Church cause that’s where there was a need and that’s who asked. Then a few years later I found my self leading worship all over the place, because I had stayed faithful and stayed ready.
Often we struggle with doubt. This won’t take away our doubt, but knowing our callings and the God who calls us can help us stand in the days of uncertainty.