According to CEB, a professional services firm, almost a billion dollars in gift cards went unredeemed in 2015 alone. Talk about wasted gifts! So much potential gone down the drain just because these gifts went unused. As Christians, God has blessed each of us with talents and gifts that should be used. I believe that if we are not intentional about using our gifts, they will end up just like those unredeemed gift cards, all the potential in the world but no impact. It is my prayer that if you have been given a musical gift that you will not let it go to waste. For that reason, I want to highlight three reasons you should audition for the worship team.
1. Your Gifts Are for God
Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. (Psalm 96:1-2)
In Psalm 139:13 it says that our Creator God formed your inner-most parts and has knit you together in your mother’s womb. He created each and every part of you—your mind, your passions, your gifts—all for his purposes. As the Creator, he deserves every bit of glory for the gifts that he has given you. If you have been gifted musically, God has given you that gift so you will use it for the sake of his Name. I challenge you to let the church and the world see the gifts that God has given to you for the praise of his glory.
2. Your Gifts Are for the Body
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10)
One of the primary ways that God receives glory through your gifts is their use in the local church. When God called you to follow him, he also called you into relationship with his body, the Church. As musicians, we have the privilege of having a stage from which to proclaim the excellencies of God. We have a platform from which to remind the church that they have been called out of darkness into marvelous light. We have the opportunity, every single week, to lead the church in a response that gives God the glory he is due for all that he has done. The body of Christ needs your gifts, and if you are letting a gift that God has given you sit idly, you are depriving the church of something that he wants to give through you.
3. Your Gifts Are for the Mission
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
As followers of Jesus, we are disciples who make disciples who make disciples. That is the model of multiplication that we are committed to following at Mercy Hill Church. To effectively multiply, we have to always be sending people out of Mercy Hill, whether that’s to launch a new campus, to plant a new church, or to go overseas. To be able to send people out, we have to be multiplying each and every serve team at Mercy Hill, including the worship team. That means that every position you see on stage needs to be duplicated for every campus we launch or every church we plant. The church needs your gifts!
The gifts that God has given you are to be used for the body of Christ to the glory of God. I challenge you to take the first step in using your musical gifts by registering to audition this Saturday, June 10th at www.mercyhillgso.com/auditions.
-Joe Richardson (Worship Associate)