I reluctantly said yes when my pastor asked me to lead worship at an upcoming Saturday morning funeral. The family of the deceased was devastated by their loved one’s sudden passing. Our church was handling the funeral arrangements and the worship team was called on to lead the singing.
This meant I lost a few of my precious Saturday morning hours during what was already a pretty busy weekend.
But this is part of what it means to serve in ministry. We give ourselves to support others even – and especially – when it is inconvenient to us.
Our worship team all turned up and together we led worship.
On Sunday morning after the funeral, one of the family members came over to me during church and hugged me tightly. “Thank you so very much,” she said. “The worship blessed us so very much. Thank you for everything you did.” She hugged me again and made her way to her seat.
This was a timely reminder to me that the gift of music that God has given TO me is not FOR me. God has loaned me these abilities for me to bless, comfort, encourage, inspire others in His Name. The gift comes with a responsibility to cooperate with God to serve God’s people in His Name.
So I’m asking the Holy Spirit to remind me of these things the next time I’m asked to serve at a time that’s inconvenient for me, or at an event that I’d rather not attend. Because when it comes to serving, it’s really not all about me. It’s always about HIM.