“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Has anyone ever seen the wind? No, not one. Every person who has said they’ve experienced the wind cannot also say they’ve seen it. They’ve only experienced it’s effects. In turn we have faith that wind is causing the multitude of movement that we are experiencing and not some mysterious force. Similarly, our faith in the real God is not based on sight, but on just as firmly solidified proof.
Hebrews 11 is known as The Hall Of Fame Of Faith. The writer of Hebrews lists some of the Lord’s greats in his army like Noah, Abraham and Moses. He goes on to say that there were several others he could mention but he is trying to keep his book of the Bible shorter. In all of these cases each great person of faith had to have one thing in common: faith. They all had to believe that God exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
It is incredibly encouraging to me that those giants of the Bible had to believe that God exists and wants the best for them. Sometimes we seem to believe that they each had some fantastic relationship with God/Jesus that put their faith meters outside the realm of doubt. This just wasn’t so or the case. No, they had to believe he exists and desires their good.
As worship leaders we are going to come into circumstances or seasons where we need to confirm that God exists and he wants the best for us. Just because we are on staff or the big stage at church doesn’t mitigate this fact. Every pastor or worship leader on earth has to wrestle with God just as much as every other person on earth. No one gets a pass from this. Again, what I find comforting and important to note is that those in the Bible, whose stories we all know, each had to put their faith into the fact that God exists and wants his best for them.
Now that we realize how important it is that everyone believe he exists, we need to make sure that our worship services and song choices help strengthen our congregation’s faith. Please, please do not assume that each person walking in on Sunday is a mature Christ Follower. Each service ought to have an opportunity of some kind for a nonbeliever to believe. This doesn’t have to look like the traditional altar call, but it does have to happen. Making disciples is our mission. If that were not so then God would have called each one of us home by now.
Beyond those who are new to entering the faith, we also need to be conscientious of those who need a spiritual boost. We are the hands and feet of God on earth declaring his glory and thus his existence to those around us. Our songs should speak to this as well. Songs about his wonders, his daily working or how he loves us are strong suggestions. Also, in between songs (or during) take time to remind your congregation of just how great God is. While that may not seem like something you need to be reminded of, you aren’t the only one in attendance.
Lastly, ask the Holy Spirit for direction for each service. Trust that God knows what we need right when we need it. We aren’t left alone to determine the condition of the human heart. In fact, we have no way of making that determination at all. On the other hand, the Holy Spirit resides inside each Christ Follower. Ask for His direction as you plan how to encourage people. He will know how.
The other side of the Hebrews scripture tells us that we must believe that he wants to reward us, but we have to seek him with all of our heart. Everyone wants a reward, but not everyone wants the heavy lifting it takes to attain the reward. We’ve been called to some back breaking work: earnestly seeking him. It’s a daily process that involves time, effort and sacrifice. Many, many people who call themselves Christians will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It’s incredibly sad, but still true. We have responsibility.
Always encourage your teams and your congregation, when appropriate, to grow in their relationship with God. It is impossible to arrive at the perfect relationship. We serve an infinite God and we have all of our lives to find out more and more about him. What a beautiful calling!
Never worry if you feel like there are days when you just can’t seem to figure out what direction the wind is coming from, hold strong and trust that those who went before you struggled in the same manner. We’ve been given their stories to embolden us. God is faithful and knows exactly what you need.
Have you ever wrestled with God? How have you overcome the battle of doubt? Have you shared that with your teams and congregation? I would love to hear! Private message or comment…