God calls all of us to ministry. There isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t been placed with the purpose to share Jesus and make disciples. None of us are exempt from “walking worthy”. For some, this calling is to step in front of the body of Christ to lead us before the throne as a worship leader.
You were called.
I have heard the following phrase at several churches and I want to take a moment to address it. “Now Jane/Joe is going to come up and lead us in some songs.” This phrase has always left me tilting my head. You are more than simply leading us in some songs. You are gathering the body of Christ together before the throne of our King in acts of repentance, praise, and prayer. You are not simply entertainment. You are an active part of the spiritual culture and health of the body you serve. You are in a position to choose songs of protection, forgiveness, help, praise, whatever you understand the Church to be in need of. You are facilitating a corporate kneeling at the cross.
Remember who He is.
There will be people who may try to, either intentionally or unintentionally, diminish what you do on a weekly basis. Do not let these words into your heart. Your role holds gravity and great spiritual responsibility. You were called to lead us in the honest, humble, and holy act that is worship.
Remember who you are.
I have always been in churches where the worship leader is also something else, janitor, nurse, mom, dad, youth pastor, teacher, student…You have other responsibilities; however, you have also been gifted musically. Not only have you not neglected that gift, but you have given it to the Lord for him to use as He would choose. You have said ‘Yes’. That takes such bravery, such willingness, and such humility. Stay the course. Take heart.
Remember whom you serve.
I Chronicles 16:23-31
Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
Ascribe to the LORD, all you families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”