This past weekend I was in Texas and attended a gospel musical while I was there...hands down, every group and musician that performed there was talented and professional, however at the end of the night there was one particular set of musicians that stuck with me. It was not the fancy chords, or the ease with which they played their instruments, neither was it how fast they ripped up and down the guitar or organ. It was their humility that spoke louder than any note that they ever played. Watching them simply just play to the glory of the King without a hint of pride, or a sense of trying to compete really blessed me. They didn't really have any prominent parts, in fact they were supporting the group that was singing, yet at the end of the day I remember them and what they did silently behind the scenes. (This is not to say that every other group there was prideful, just saying God allowed me to see the humility that He had placed in them). This inevitably sparked my thoughts of what God must think at the end of our performances. We are all musicians here, and know on some level what it is to play in front of people and attempt to put together music that ministers to the hearts of others. Yet I wonder if our humility doesn't speak a louder volume to the King of Kings and the people of God more than any note we could play, or any offering we could sing. Operating in humility allows the people to see the God in us. When we are truly walking in the humility of Christ, even as we play skillfully the people and God will readily recall how meek and humble God allowed us to be.

In this same course of thought, I am reminded of a Jeff Deyo concert I went to while in College. The band came to perform on our campus and the anointing on them was very powerful. The presence of God was very strong to the point that you could feel it not only in the room, but across the campus. The whole time they played God ministered to us individually and collectively. Then at the end of a very awesome performance, while the crowd applauded them, they all turned around and raised their hands and bowed before the King of Kings. This was my first time ever hearing or learning about Jeff Deyo, yet those last few actions prompted me to pray that God would take them all across the world, because they would be musicians that were Kingdom minded and would readily point all glory back to God.

Sometimes I battle with pride as it tries to come in and distort both my view of myself, and other's view of Christ in me. It is in these times that I have to bring my mind under subjection, and my will back to The Lord so that He can fill with me with the genuine humility of Christ Jesus. I encourage everyone in The Lord that no matter what level of skill, or the quality of our songwriting, we must never allow our ambitions, talents, or desires to outshine the true star of the show. We are always an opening act for Jesus Christ, the true headliner. And at the end of the day, if we minister out of humility God will remember our worship and the things that we have done to honor Him.

Be blessed family,

Breon Wells

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Comment by Henry Guerrero Santos on August 27, 2009 at 12:08pm
AMEN! brother! Let's be reminded that we are not the"STARS". The only STAR is Jesus the Creator of all things, our music, our all.WE are servants, nor superstar! Heed the call my fellow musicians.AMEN!
Comment by Lorraine Doswell on August 28, 2009 at 5:30pm
Thank you so much for this posting. Let us all bow down before our Lord and God, and give Him the glory He deserves, for only He is worthy. Praise be to Him!
Comment by Les and Des on September 1, 2009 at 4:01pm
AMEN! May we always remember that our ministry is first and foremost TO the Lord and secondarily to the people. (See Ezekiel 44)
Comment by Okie Dokie on October 26, 2009 at 1:08pm
re: "The whole time they played God ministered to us individually and collectively."

Now there's the thing to remember: It's not that we minister to the people, and it's not really that we minister to God ultimately. It is that we need God to minister to us. So good worship leading should open the way for people to be able to receive from his All-Sufficiency. This is why "performance" can get in the way. Not so much because the worship team is trying to minister to the people instead of to God, but because "performance" turns the people's attention from receiving ministry from the Lord to receiving ministry from the team, and thus they get nothing they actually need. Oh for that anointing to show up every time we get up to "lead"! That people would be so mesmerized by the capacity of their great God to overflow to them!

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