I thought I would write a few words for worship leaders in 2017. In my quiet time this morning I was thinking about the year ahead and how I could make 2017 the best year ever for worship leaders all around the world, starting from New Years Day and lasting the entire year!
I read about Paul bidding the Ephesian elders farewell, and read…
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews.
Paul had been through so much in his struggles to bring the gospel to both Jew and Gentile. Throughout all of this he recognised that he had to choose to nourish his own heart by the living word, rather than concentrate on the difficult circumstances he faced.
The Challenge for Worship Leaders in 2017
As we face a new year, we should stop and think about how much it would affect the world if those of us who are worship leaders would constantly remember that we can’t serve our congregations unless we die to ourselves with Christ.
If we understand worship as a sacrifice of praise as to the Lord, rather than something we do, then dying to ourselves will give added impetus and energy to our worship leading, and allow the Holy Spirit to work through us to touch the lives of people who are listening.
As a worship leader, we should recognise that wherever we go in our life we are worshipping, and that every step we take in any area of our life since is walking sacred ground. We do not simply sing songs, but we lead people to a deeper knowledge of Christ.
Worship leaders in 2017 play an important part in God’s whole mission to the world throughout the year, and if we die to self we can become immune from all of the phrases, prejudices and jealousies that usually play singers and musicians, both inside and outside of the church.
Dying to self can allow us to be the perfect conduit for the move of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives, and we can give the gift of God’s presence in the fullness of his kingdom to each member of our congregation. For this reason we should also practice and train so that we can be effective in the role God has called us to.
So this new year, as we head into 2017, why not pause for a few moments with me and dedicate your life afresh to the Lord and the ministry that he has called us to. Let us decide together to crucify ourselves with Christ, and to become a new creation whose sole motivation is to serve Jesus in any and every aspect of our lives, both on the stage and off.
If we can truly dedicate ourselves to the Lord in this way, then 2017 can be the greatest year ever for a worship leading. If we can truly die to ourselves, die to our selfish motivations and petty jealousies and open our hearts to the move of God’s spirit, then His anointing will increase in our lives.
So rather than letting the New Year evolving its own way, I challenge all worship leaders in 2017 to examine themselves, crucify themselves and rededicate themselves wholly to the service of the Lord, and to the Ministry of worship leading that He has called us to.
So Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we will be back on deck with more podcasts, craziness and fun, as well as heaps of free teaching, in the New Year. See you then folks, and let’s make 2017 the best year ever!