Always Be Chasing
In a world where people chase fads, originality is hard to come by. Whether it’s music, fashion, or even the words we say, people are always chasing things to remain relevant.
This is visible in churches. You can see it on our stages. Gone are the days of the huge wooden pulpits. They’ve been replaced by tall tables you’d see at a coffee shop. There is nothing wrong with this. I have no problem with it. It’s just a visual representation of what our culture is like.
Our clothing has changed. Worship leaders, both men and women, are wearing tighter and tighter clothes. It’s interesting because when I was growing up, men wore suits and ties. If you were on stage you had to look presentable. From my understating it came from an idea of dressing your best for the Lord. Again, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this either. There’s actually a lot of honor for God at the heart of it. However, with the motivation of trying to reach young people, we’ve changed our dress code to make them feel more comfortable.
Slowly but surely, we’ve made church more about making people feel comfortable than to establish a heart in the people to honor God. It’s a fine line though. How do we remain relevant and still honor God without being legalistic? It’s pretty tough but there is a way, I believe.
We as worship leaders must look at what we’re chasing. For me, even in songwriting, I have to take a step back sometimes and look at what I’m chasing. Am I chasing God or the things he’s created? Chasing God or the gifts he’s given? Church leaders get burned out by chasing the wrong things.
The bible says in Isaiah 40 NLT . . .
Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings of eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
We get burned out by running after things we think people want us to be. What has God called you to be? To do? Are we giving God what He desires with our life?
I’ll leave you with a scripture that has both inspired and convicted me.
I can’t stand your religious meetings. I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions. I want nothing to do with your religion projects, your pretentious slogans and goals. I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes, your public relations and image making. I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music. When was the last time you sang to me? - Amos 5:21
Let that sink in. When’s the last time you sang to him? Chase him and chase His righteousness. Everything else will come after that. You will run and not grow faint.
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