I had a recent conversation with some friends about what motivated us to go into ministry. It got me to thinking about how I got started in the worship ministry. I was about 15 years old when I officially became part of a worship team. I came in as a bass player… and not a very good one at that. But as I think about it now, I feel I have more insight as to “why” I joined.
In school I was never really very popular. I wasn’t into sports and I’ve never been much of an extrovert. My daily routine consisted of going to school, coming home, doing my homework and on Mondays and Wednesdays going to a music class at a small music store. I had low self-esteem and few friends. Poor guy, huh? NOPE! Wrong!
You see, God made me a certain way and because of all these things he drew me closer to him in some very interesting ways. When I finally joined the worship team, at first, I joined because I wanted to belong. I wanted to be in a community. I wanted to be part of a team. And the church worship team provided this for me. When I stood there with my bass guitar in hand I felt like I could do anything. That this is what God had called me to do and that I belonged to something special. I had joined the ranks of warriors and soldiers across the world engaged in spiritual warfare proclaiming the victory of Christ Jesus! It was such an awesome feeling.
It’s been years since and I’m still involved in worship. The reasons why I still am part of this wonderful ministry have evolved a bit. I do it because God has been so good to me, all I can ever imagine doing is praising Him. I’m called to prepare a sanctuary, much like the Levites of old, so that when the congregation comes together they have a place to meet with God. It’s such an awesome responsibility and such a daunting and humbling task.
I’m not perfect, nor will I ever be. I’m not worthy and will never be worthy. But God is so amazing. I can’t help but stand in awe of who He is. I do it because I can’t think of any other existence that will satisfy my soul.
What’s your motivation?