Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. — Matthew 23:1-12
The verse above is a striking reminder for me regarding humility in serving the Lord. There were moments in my life where I’d want people at church to pay me some respect. Maybe because I’ve been serving in the church ministries for a long time and I felt that I had bragging rights.
There were also times that as a leader, I’d demand those under me to never be absent in our small group meetings and that they should always do their devotions, in a way that pressured them a lot, but then I myself did my devotions just for the sake of having something to show them, my leader, and my brothers.
Matthew 23:1-12 is much more striking to me because as much as I denied to myself that I’m not like the Pharisees mentioned, I actually somehow felt good when people commend me for doing good in the ministry, in my case, the music worship team. And it became one of my driving forces — praises from others. Which then I realized was nonsense.
Going up on stage in front is not just for show. It’s not a concert or any form of event programmed only for the people’s entertainment. It’s in reality, leading those people in worship. It’s the best compliment a worship leader can get. Let’s not just enhance our covers, but let us walk as living contents of the Gospel.