When people ask me what I do for a living my typical response is “I am a musician.” Some may wonder why my first response isn't to tell them that I am a “Worship Leader” or that I am in "full time ministry." Well, let me explain myself a little bit.
The term “Worship Leader” has come to mean: “The guy that gets up and sings some songs before the pastor gets up and talks.” Don't get me wrong, this is a very visible and important roll in the church. The Worship Leader and Worship Team are usually the first thing that people experience when they go to a church service. They are the ones that help set the mood, flow and invite people to participate in the service. There is a lot of focus on the Worship Leader and Worship team because they are up front with all the lights and instruments and people are facing them while they are singing. It can be easy to see why, after the Pastor, the Worship Leader is one of the most recognizable people in the church. They have been hired by the church because they are experts in their field and they have been called into full time ministry. After all, worship can't happen unless you have a Worship Leader present, right?
Ok, hang on. I want to take a moment and let you in on a little secret. As Christ Followers, we are ALL in full time ministry. We are ALL worship leaders. Just because you are a cashier or teacher or lawn mower or banker or shelf stocker or babysitter that doesn't mean that you have to wait for a pastor or worship leader to worship God or tell someone about Christ. Jesus tells us in Matthew 28 that our job as Christ Followers is to “Go make disciples.” He didn't say that we have to be employed by the church, or “called into full time ministry,” He just says “Go.” It doesn't matter where you are or what you do, God tells us that everything we do can and should be an act of worship. In Romans 12 Paul tells us that we should worship God with our whole self, not just our words, but with everything we are.
So, in my opinion, worship is not about just going to church. Yes, it is a great place to gather with other Christ Followers and celebrate what God is doing. Worship is also not just singing songs, although that is a big part of what a Worship Leaders job is. Worship is honoring and glorifying God wherever you are and with whatever you do.
So, when you think about it, when someone asks us what we do for a living, ALL of our response should be, “I am a Worship Leader!” which can be followed up with, “I get to do that through....(whatever your day job is!)”
1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us, “Whatever you do, do it to the glory of God.” I want to encourage you today to see your day job as an act of worship! I would love to hear the different ways you take a routine activity and turn it into worship. Please leave a comment here or on our Facebook page!