Since the day I started following God up until now, I’ve maintained high level focus and I’m deeply grateful to God for the privilege to serve. The essence of ministry is service, not lordship and I’ve never lost sight of the vision God gave me.
The practicality of my love for God is expressed in everything I do. My life is an offering of worship to Him.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
Romans 12:1 NLT
Let me take out time to address music ministers in the Church, today. Make it a point of duty to ensure that every music minister within your sphere gets to see this.
Recently, I decided to purchase a new appliance from an electronic store and while the seller was about to test its picture quality, because he knew I was a Pastor, he decided to check out some Christian songs. He wasn’t satisfied with what was being displayed from all the videos he played. Suddenly, he took permission from me to play a secular video from a Nigerian music artist and, trust me, it was so amazing that I began to feel bad within me.
Listen: the reason why the Church would prefer worldly music to supposed Christian music is that the unbelievers are more creative and excellent. They pay attention to the details of their art and work hard with lots of sleepless nights. How do you think that mediocre so-called Christian song will buy the hearts of the people?
That’s why they pretend to enjoy all the mediocre songs you sing in Church and the moment they step into their cars or houses, they want to effect the switch to some songs that may not even glorify God.
Dear Music minister, you must pay attention to two basic things; fellowship with the Spirit and high level creativity. When you are full of God, you don’t find it difficult to express yourself in worship; it just flows.
Don’t let people predict you, such that the moment they see you ready to worship, they already have a structure for what you intend to do and they never get it wrong. Open your mind to new things and be more excellent.
Excellence will always win the attention of people whether or not they like you, as long as it plays around their space. If you don’t give attention to creativity and excellence, don’t expect to shine on a global platform.
In the place of an individual’s platform, excellence will take its course. Let’s not, with mediocrity, frustrate people who want to love God, especially the babes in the faith _(the brefos and nepios)_. If we don’t get to enjoy what we do, we may start pretending.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Ephesians 5:18-19 KJV
The melody you make in your heart is driven spiritually, but enjoyed physically.
Worship is not about your ability to sing sonorously. If worship was primarily about that, then we may be wrong to say that someone like Abraham ever worshipped God. The reason we encourage great vocal skills and put musical instruments to it, is so that what we offer to God can be done excellently.
The Holy Spirit does not sponsor mediocrity. When people say that the Holy Spirit led them to do a mediocre thing, I don’t believe. All good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17).
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 KJV
Are you a worship leader? An instrumentalist? An usher? Whatever service you render in Church should not be taken lightly; give it your best shot with high level excellence as you never lose sight of fellowship with the Spirit of God.
Let people come to Church and have a great time so much that they don’t need a club to supplement their yearn.
Pastor Preston Idoro.