Posts Tagged ‘Humility


No such thing as Worship Leader Rockstar

I think that as musicians and singers, if we were really honest, we would say that at one point in our lives we wanted to be a Rock Star.  I remember getting my first record deal at a young age and getting to travel some of the world.  Looking back at some of those pictures, I just crack up and realize that I was so far from who God had created me to be.  In fact, I remember one night standing on stage in front of a lot of people feeling so unfulfilled.  After surrendering my life to Christ in 1996, I remember the first time I experienced authentic worship.  It was not about the person leading us in songs, it was not about the incredibly talented band, it was about the simplicity of knowing that God loved me so much regardless of what I had done or where I had been.

There is this perception still today with worship leaders that in order to be “great,” we have to record a CD, go on tour, travel the world, get a number 1 song.  Although these are great tools in reaching people for Christ, God loves giving us our heart’s desire when it points back to Him.  There is no such thing as a worship leader Rock Star.  Our greatness is not defined by the stages we stand on or the accolades we receive by man, it has already been defined by the Creator of the universe sending His son, Jesus Christ, to die for us.  Now that is the greatest value anyone can every show us.

As worship leaders, we are called to point people to God’s love with our songs, music and life.  We are not rock stars, we are just a bunch of broken people that God chose to bless and use for His glory.  A great friend and worship leader here at CBC, John David Martinez, told me one time. “What people remember is not the great guitar riffs but the time you took to make them feel loved.” It is so true.

What does the Lord require but to do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8)

Here’s a challenge for this week- know your value, walk in that value humbly, point others to God’s love to help them discover their value.


The Theology of Brokenness

Our natural reaction to this topic is always guarded – no one really wants to experience brokenness but as believers, we know that the end result leads to growth in our experience with Christ. Like most areas of the Kingdom of God, there is a godly order and progression to brokenness.

1.     Brokenness is the doorway to humility.  “And being found in appearance as a man, He (Jesus) humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:8.  Jesus was without sin but still had to battle against becoming proud.  He humbled Himself which most of us have never learned to do.  God does not cause the pain in our lives but He allows it so that brokenness may happen.  Remember – pride is the opposite of humility.

2.     Humility leads to Grace.  “You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  1 Peter 5:5.  Pride does go before a fall because the fall brings us to humility and humility is the key to receiving God’s grace.  The grace of God is amazing in that we cannot earn it and without it we will never survive.  “By grace you have been saved. . .” Ephesians 2:8.  Humility is the spring from which the river of grace flows.

3.     Grace is the reason for our provision.  “Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you in due season.”  1 Peter 5:6.  God is the source of every good gift and His grace is the reason that His provision is even available.  If we walk in obedience to His word, all things are made available to us because of His grace. Paul said, “I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace” Ephesians 3:7.  The depth of this resource goes beyond our understanding.  “To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ . . .” Ephesians 3:8.

Brokenness leads to humility; humility leads to grace; and grace taps us into the provision of God.

“Lord, lead us to experience brokenness with a gentle hand and help us to embrace humility as Christ did, knowing that His attitude made the way for the world to know You and receive forgiveness of sins.” Amen.

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