Christ-pleasing service requires humility.
"For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned." -- Romans 12:3In order to get a stronger grasp on the importance of humility, let's consider some scenarios that may cause pride to boil to the surface: 1) someone comes up to you after the first service and makes a "suggestion" about your camera work; 2) a member of the church tells you that she thinks it's too loud; 3) a band member wants to use a floor monitor when you've assigned them headphones; 4) a pastor asks you to change the lighting without fully understanding the implications.
What do you do? How can you make sure to respond in a way that honors God? How can you be humble?
I think the answers lie in the verse above:
First, watch what you think. Before you speak or make a decision, take a quick inventory of your thoughts. Specifically, measure your faith: what you are believing at that moment? Some questions I ask myself in those moments are:
- Do I see myself as the greatest sinner I know, saved only by God's grace and in this position of serving only by God's goodness? Or do I think I deserve to be here because of training or expertise?
- Do I recognize and rejoice that this person is a beloved child of God just as I am? Or have I forgotten that they have as much of the Spirit of God as I do?
- Do I believe that God leads his church in many ways through many people? Or do I think I have the inside track into what God wants right now?
What is the point in this introspection? What is the power of this thinking? When you humbly admit that your faith in God can grow, you can then worship God by putting more trust in him than you ever have before. Ask him to help you believe the truth about himself, the person you are talking to, and the challenges you are facing. God will answer your prayer and help you to act according to His word. You will be able to speak with humility and grace.
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