Giving Your Best

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I have recently been faced with a problem. This problem has been going on for quite sometime. Am I really giving my best to God?

When I first began in worship ministry, there was absolutely no way I was giving my best.I could blame it on many things, but when you come down to it, I wasn’t doing the best job I could. I was let go from my church and spent a year away from it before God gave me an opportunity to lead again. I gladly took the position with the vow to myself “I will always be do my best and getting better!” I have been doing pretty well. But this week, my ministry hits a turning point. The outcome could change the way that the worship ministry at my church operates. It hurts to think about and I truly wish that I could skip it. But I’ve reached a point that I have to be an administrator and thumb down some rules.

Despite the hardship though, this is actually a good thing. Paul writes, “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, on who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 NLT). Without God’s approval, we cannot receive God’s blessing. I personally have seen this countless times. If I act before God, or don’t even consult Him at all, my plans seem to fail and end horrible. That’s even in the Bible: “You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.” (Proverbs 19:21 NLT). This is even more important in the life of ministry. Since we are doing God’s work, if we don’t wait we are acting like builders of a building without consulting their foreman.

God also tells us in the book of Proverbs, “Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Proverbs 10:4 NASB). This rings pretty true with me. My management style has never really been one of force. It’s more, I’m just around to make sure nothing bad happens. But that’s not what God is saying here. In order for our deeds to do well in the world, we must be diligent about our work. We cannot say, “whatever happens, happens”. Instead we must be intentional about everything we do, because, as Paul says, “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NASB).

Therefore, we must give our best to God. It’s what He wants from us. Whether you are in leadership or not, you must give God your best. It’s true that our best might not be as good as someone else’s (at least the way we see it), but I assure you that God loves to see your best. So give it to Him. If you haven’t been doing the best job, like me, than it is time for a change. Let’s make a change. God wants and deserves our best. So what’s holding us back? Let’s give it to Him, and be glad that we did.

O Praise Him

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I promise guys. One day I will figure this whole blogging thing out and actually post stuff when their supposed to be posted.

Any way, this week I though I would post about O Praise Him by David Crowder* Band. The song often asks worshipers to turn towards heaven and praise Him. Praise is defined as the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship. That’s all this song is asking of us, to simply turn and worship the Lord with praise. A good way to also look at this song is through the lens of Psalm 148:

“Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens!
Praise him from the skies!
Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
Praise him, sun and moon!
Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
Praise him, skies above!
Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,
for He has issued his command, and they came
into being.”
-Psalm 148:1-5, NLT

I love this song as a way to get worship started. Its a good way to get people to be thinking upwards, right from the beginning.

So have a listen below.

This Weeks Set

  • Fill Me Up – Preston Howell
  • O Praise Him – David Crowder* Band
  • How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin
  • You Alone Can Rescue – Matt Redman
  • Always – Kristian Stanfill
  • One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails) – performed by Kristian Stanfill