Mr. Big Stuff, Who Do You Think You Are?

God has called me to lead His people in worship. I would love nothing more than to be able to lead the people that God has placed me in front of in a way that they don’t experience me, but rather they experience Christ. This is my goal week-in and week-out as I lead here at church and other venues. I dream about creating music that the church can use to voice what Christ is doing in their hearts as an offering of worship back to Him. There is incredible power to be found at the center of a worshiping church that rallies around the cross each week, and I want to be a part of leading people to that experience. I also want to mentor the next generation of believers/worshipers so that long after I have gone on into eternity with Jesus, they are still worshiping the same Creator and Savior.  My identity is found in Jesus and Jesus alone.  It is not in music, an instrument, a certain church, a given preacher, a style, or a preference.  I am first, and foremost, a follower of Christ and worshiper of Him.

Published in: on December 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Yours is the kingdom, Yours is the power, Yours is the glory forever

Day three of camp has been amazing.  God has made his presence known in a grand way.  This morning we spent the entire session following the music portion in prayer for our churches.  It was a powerful and very moving time.  I think that the youth are starting to understand the importance of taking time to pray for those who they rely upon so often.  I think that the youth can begin something amazing at our church.  It all comes down to a matter of whether or not they are willing to step up and take responsibility for the calling that God has placed on their lives.  I tried to get them to understand this evening that they are going to be the leaders of the next generation at Westside whether they want to or not.  I would ask that you pray for the continued development of the understanding that the youth have.  I do not want them to miss the opportunity this week to experience the presence of God in this context.  Sorry for the short post tonight.  It has been a long day, and I am very tired.  Continue to pray for us.

Do they only see who we are when who we are should be pointing them to Christ…

Last night went pretty good I guess.  I just feel that sometimes the message is lost with some of the kids that are there.  I feel like they focus on making fun of the people who are in the video rather than the message that the video was trying to convey.  I want so badly for the youth to get an understanding of what it means, and how easy it is, to share the love of Christ with others.  Last night was the story about TOMS shoes, and some of the kids simply laughed it away as if I was telling a joke about these poor children in Argentina.  My only desire is to show the youth how they can plug in to the work of God on earth.  I wish there was some way to just implant the desire in their hearts to help others.  The lyric for today is from a song entitled “Mistaken” by Warren Barfield.  Everything about us as Christians: the way we interact with others, the things we say, the music we listen to, the movies we watch, the places we go, and the people we associate with should all point others to Christ.  This is the message I am trying to convey to the youth at my church, but at times it seems as though I am talking to a brick way.  I know that there are times in ministry when it does not “feel” like things are going right, but I could really use some encouragement right about now.

I found God on the corner of First and Amistad…

It never ceases to amaze me that God can be found in the most unlikely of places.  If we will simply take the time to slow down and look, we will see that God is in everything.  He is the creator of all things.  He made everything from the largest galaxy to the E minor chord (Thank you Francis Chan).  As you may know, I am in New Orleans right now, and there are a great deal of sinful things that take place in this city (much like any other city in the world).  However, last night we were down in the French Quarter eating dinner.  After dinner we walked from where we were to Cafe Du Monde to have dessert.  As we were approaching Cafe Du Monde I began to hear some beautiful music playing.  I very quickly realized that it was a street performer playing a guitar on the side of the road.  He was extremely disheveled and dirty looking, but he was playing some of the most beautiful music.  It was as if he was transformed by his music, and it was an escape.  I do not know that anything about the man’s spiritual situation, therefore I cannot speak to that.  However, I could not help but think that the way I saw that man is the same way that God sees us.  As humans we are walking around this world looking extremely disheveled and dirty, but God sees past the crusty exterior and into our hearts.  He can transform us so that we can make beautiful music for Him.  I am almost taken aback by the thought that God could use me to make beautiful music for the Kingdom of God.  It is a very humbling thought.  I am so very small in the grand scheme of things, but God wants to use me to make a mark in this world.  It is an awesome thought to think that the God of this entire universe would want to allow us to be a part of what He is doing in the world.  He does not need us to do what He is doing, He is all powerful after all, but He wants to use us.

Think about how God is using you to make beautiful music.  Is He using your life to compose a masterpiece, or do you even hear the music of others?  You have to ask yourself the question and decide if you are a part of God’s grand orchestra, or are you just making noise of your own accord?  God wants to use you to make beautiful music.

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