20 January 2017
In order to truly enter into an act of surrender during worship we must first remove the obstacle of the skill/talent by perfecting it to the point where it becomes second nature to us and our instrument does not interfere in the process of achieving intimacy with God. We must not allow our focus to be removed from God and placed on our talent. This distraction comes about when there is a lack of preparation. We should strive to become one with our instrument and have it become an extension of who we are, to the point where we can execute without much thought placed on the technicality of what we are doing.
Imagine for a moment that we had to constantly focus on breathing and making sure our lungs inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Imagine, if you will, that we had to spend hours focusing on blinking or the function of our organs. This constant focus on things, that should happen naturally, would interrupt our ability to truly enjoy life.
In the same manner our skill or lack there of should never inhibit us from placing our full focus on what really matters during worship, which is God. There are skills and gifts God places in our hands for his purpose and glory. But, it is our responsibility to develop them to a miracle provoking level.
David didn’t use the slingshot for the first time when he killed Goliath. He also didn’t play the harp for the first time when he played for the king. There are things that we must first work on before they can be effective in God’s hands. It is our responsibility to invest time in our craft and be good stewards of the gifts that we have been blessed with.
I am continuously encouraged by the stories I read in the word of God where He takes the unqualified and qualifies them for greatness. But, these stories are not meant to fuel the lack of preparation and they certainly aren’t meant to justify poor work ethics and a lack of commitment.
Yes God can do anything, however, and whenever he wants. God is notorious for taking the underdog from the bottom of the hill to the top of the mountain. Yes, God does wonders with the unexpected. Yes, there most certainly are exceptions to every rule.
But… WE DON’T LIVE BY THE EXCEPTIONS – WE LIVE TO BE EXCEPTIONAL!! Lets honor God by developing our skills to a miracle provoking level.