Doing music as ministry can be a complicated thing. Each week, during rehearsals and Sunday morning service, we put ourselves, our talents, and our gifts on display…not intentionally. I’m pretty sure for most of us in the band, we’d be perfectly content doing our thing behind a curtain where no one could see us, where we wouldn’t feel judged or sized up.
There’s a constant tight rope we walk as we want to play to the best of our ability, make beautiful music, and then to ultimately worship Jesus and make Him famous. We want people to see Jesus, but they have to look at us.
Paul writes in Galatians 1:10:
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Ouch! Those are some strong words.
For me personally, having grown up where I was consistently put down and made to feel very poorly about myself, positive words from others can be something that I cling to. If I had to define my own love language, it would be “words of affirmation”. This can be good and bad, because for me (and many others, I’m sure), the way my brain works is that unless you tell me I did a good job, I believe I didn’t. I know. That sucks, right? But it is what it is.
But ultimately, what we have to wrap our minds around is that we should only be striving to please God, not in a crazy, misshaped way that causes us to try and earn God’s grace, but in a way that solely longs to make Him smile.
So I posed 3 questions for our band, tech crew, and now to you:
1. Are you trying to win favor with God or His grace by doing “stuff”? And is that really grace?
2. Are you doing a lot of “stuff” (i.e. filling your life up with outreach and other ministry opportunities) in order to look good for other people? Or are you genuinely trying to please God?
3. What are some things we can do or that you are currently doing to ensure that you’re striving to please God and not men?