“Worship leading requires loving God more than the gifts He gives us to use or the opportunity to use them.”
That got me to thinking, what would I do if God suddenly took away my opportunities to use my talents? Would I continue to love Him? Would He remain the focus of my life? Or would I shrink away into a depression because I suddenly found myself unable to do what I thought I was put on earth to do? That’s the thing, though.
I don’t need any special talent or ability to do what I was created to do first.
Now, I’m too unwilling to categorize myself these days, so don’t take my reference to the Westminster Shorter Catechism as meaning that I adhere to any particular system of theology. I do believe, however, that their first statement is spot on:
“Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”
So, what does it mean to “glorify God”? One definition of “glorify” is to “reveal or make clearer the glory of (God) by one’s actions.” Maybe how I live my life is far more important and foundational than my gifts. Jesus did say that if we get loving God and loving people right, everything else will take care of itself (see Matthew 22.34-40).
Did you know that Jesus gave loving people and loving God equal importance? Seems to me that Jesus is saying that how I treat the people around me is going to be a pretty good indicator of my love for God. If I don’t have that right – and I think this is the larger point Ben Fielding is making – then it doesn’t really matter what kind of platform I have on which to exercise my gifts.
If I love my skill more than the God who gave it to me, I’m probably not giving much credence to either.