Excellence in Worship
By Collin Zweigle
Excellence in worship is an imperative ingredient for creating a space for the Holy Spirit to come and move.
Colossians 3:23-25 says: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.”
I have a question. When did “whatever you do” become something that doesn’t apply to worship? Last I checked “whatever” means “whatEVER.” I’ve seen this in the church and at times I’ve seen this in MYSELF. At times worship leaders get to a point where they feel confident enough in themselves as musicians, or feel that they have enough songs under their belts to get by, and they stop pushing themselves forward as a worship leader or a musician.
I share this because I have been there. When I was a young budding worship leader I would spend hours on the computer charting songs, pausing and playing a track all the way through until I had every word and every chord typed out on a Word Doc. The computer I had wasn’t hooked up to the internet to allow me to copy and paste chord charts or download MP3s. I had to get songs from CDs and type every word and phrase out myself. This was a meticulous process, but happily I did this for countless songs. I would slap a capo on my guitar and figure out where I could play “in the key of C or G” and I would try all the different chord combinations I knew until I had each chart as perfect as I possibly could. I cared about what I was doing so much and was willing to put the work in to make it as excellent as possible. I wanted my charts to be perfect. This might seem like a silly example, but as a young worship leader this was “being excellent” for me.
As humans we make time for the things that we care about, and I have learned, often through trial and error, that “good enough” is not what God asks of us. Remember verse 24 of Colossians chapter 3 says, “It is the Lord you are serving.” Apparently the Colossians needed this reminder and I know I need it super often. It is very easy for me to be lazy, to become complacent, and to think, “Oh this is good enough.” When I compare where I am to where I was, I might start to think I’m lookin pretty good, but God says to forget the former things. Isaiah 43:19 NIV says: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
We must not compare ourselves with where we have been, but we must look to God and ask, where are You taking me? Where are You going? What is that NEW THING you are doing? And how can I REHEARSE MY PART in this beautiful thing You have invited me to be a part of?
God has given each of us skills and gifting and we are each responsible for how we use them. May our gifts and skills, our hands and feet be lifted up to Him as we say, “God we are available. What would You have us do?” I can’t make the Spirit fall, but I can do my part to create an atmosphere where He can choose to fall. What are you doing to make yourself available to God? How are you practicing your gift, instrument, or calling in a way that will allow Him to use those things for His kingdom?