Dr. Tim’s Worship Tip of the Month – October 2010

Worship Tip of the Month | Monday, October 18th, 2010

Look them in the Eye: healthy relationships

Your worship ministry is only as healthy as your relationshiLWF-Tim3ps with others – especially on the team. Healthy relationships are paramount in a healthy worship environment! Here are three scriptures to consider in our relationships:

  • 1Jn 4:20 If someone says, “I love (worship) God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love (worship) God whom he has not seen?
  • Mat 5:23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
  • Gen.2:18 It is not good for man to be alone;

Here are a few thoughts to hopefully provoke us all to love one another as we love and worship God:

  1. Honest friendships
  2. David said that God desires ‘truth in the inward parts’. Only you and God know what is going on inside your heart when you are worshiping, but we know God wants truth and honesty to prevail in our relationship with Him. He also desires that truthfulness in the ‘inward parts’ of the body of Christ:

  • Eph. 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Perhaps speaking the truth in love is one of the hardest things to do in ministry- loving someone enough to be truthful with them. To bathe your conversation and even criticism in His grace, so that you can all grow up together and be edified! (note: to speak the truth without love will destroy your unity and your effectiveness) Let’s all ‘grow up’.

2. Forgiving one another

How can we forget the basics of the gospel? How can we not forgive someone, knowing that God is prevented from forgiving us by our unforgiveness (Mt.6:15)? Pray for His grace to help you forgive someone! Take care of it immediately, the minute you have that urge in your heart and mind, let it go! Leave your ‘gift’ on the platform and do what it takes to reconcile with your brother or sister. That is true and wonderful freedom in worship!

  • Eph 4:32  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
  • Col 3:13  bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

3. Valuing and needing one another

I have worked with all levels of musicianship in church. I have seen the amazing and cringed at the not-so-amazing. But in all of that, the beauty and value of each individual never changes. While we try to find the best place for a less-skilled member, we continue to honor them. Never mocking, ridiculing or putting them down. There is none of Christ in that! We are not competing on ‘American Idol’! He hides and covers and protects the weaker members. You and they will be stronger for it! And while you are at it, learn to value and need the highly skilled members for who they are – not what they do!

  • 1 Cor 12:20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 and the eye (guitarist) cannot say to the hand (drummer), ‘I have no need of you’; nor again the head (leader) to the feet (singers), ‘I have no need of you.’ 22 No, much rather, those members of the body (choir) which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 and those members of the body (sound) which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor.
  • Php 2:2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Be honest, forgiving and honoring in the wonderful freedom of Christ! More on this later!

in Him, Dr. Tim Smith

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