5 Things Worship Leaders Need To Remember Each Sunday

Kristen Gilles encourages us to fix our eyes on Jesus:

If we’re honest, we’ll admit that most of us struggle to look up and fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Sometimes our hearts even want what belongs to Jesus. We want our performance to be praised. We want our names to be great. We want to be the great Worship Leader who leads the charge into God’s throne room. We want to take credit for transforming hearts and lives. We assume responsibility for the worshipful response of the church and think that we actually made it possible for others to experience God’s presence.

But our performance is not the point. We are not able to save or transform ourselves or anyone else. What we need is to be always beholding Jesus the only Savior.

And as much as we worship leaders need to be steered away from hoping in our performance and instead pointed to Jesus, reminded that He is our Worship Leader and perfects our worship of the Father, so too the people that we shepherd also need to know that Jesus is the point of all of our worship liturgy, and the one who makes it possible! Jesus is the one we are to adore and long to experience and in whose presence we can expect to be transformed into His likeness.

Fellow worship leaders, we need to serve and lead in a way that leaves everyone gathered understanding about us and them that our performance is not what saves us. Consider the following needs of all people as you prepare to serve your congregations and point them to Jesus, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you and your team know how to effectively do that.

1) We need to continually confess that we cannot save ourselves and only Jesus can save us. We need to continually recognize that God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself. We must remind ourselves that He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross! (Colossians 1) We need to see Jesus, our Savior and the only Living God, exalted high above every other false god that fights for control of our hearts. We need to behold Jesus, the Lamb of God slain before the world’s foundations, whose finished work has earned salvation for all who believe in His name. We cannot save ourselves and only Jesus can save us.

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