“We are all one body, but it has many parts. But all its parts make up one body” (1 Corinthians 12:12a).
How amazing is it that those of us who are believers are all called to serve in one capacity or another? God never looks at his children and says,”Nah, I’m going to go ahead and bench this one.” No, we are all chosen, and we are all gifted in Christ. He loves us where we are at with a never-ending, unfailing, unconditional love. This is where my passion for serving on the worship team stems from. It stems from Jesus loving me so much that he would endure the cross and experience separation from God, and he doesn’t even stop there. He also chooses to use me where I am at for his glory and the edification of his people.
Initial Reluctance And Continued Grace
I have grown up singing in choirs at school and at church. It was actually my dad who first told me I should sing at church when I was a teenager. And by told me, I mean he made me—at first. When I went off to college, I stopped singing at church for awhile. Eventually, I ended up at the Church at Edgefield halfway through my sophomore year and began serving there on the worship team. I sang background vocals for years and eventually our worship leader asked me to sing lead vocals on a song here and there. I actually never knew I could possibly be a lead worshiper until that leader began to challenge me and push me out of my comfort zone.
I was scared and argued a lot with God in the beginning that I am not a leader, I am not talented enough, I am afraid of speaking in front of people. I told him that he had got the wrong girl, but God whispered back that his grace is sufficient for me and that his strength is made perfect in my weakness. To be honest, I still struggle with some of these things, but the more I trust in the Lord and rest in his strength, the quieter the lies become.
May God Raise Up More
As I serve now, I am looking towards the future and praying that God would raise up other lead worshipers. Maybe someone like me who is a little reluctant at first and doesn’t see themselves as good enough, or talented enough, or possibly someone who knows they have the natural talent and a heart for worship but are a little intimidated to get started. I am praying for these vocalists to rise up, and through God’s strength, they would reach far and beyond what I could ever hope and imagine to impact our community for the gospel and for the glory of God.
I want to encourage you all to jump in and begin serving. God can and will use you where you are at. You will grow, you will be challenged, and you will discover just how amazing it is to rest in his strength and see him work and move through you. You have an amazing opportunity coming up in just a few days during the Weekender to jump in and get started! I am excited to see how God is going to use you!
-Jana Rockensock (MH Worship)
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