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,