Passage of the week: Matthew 25:14-30
This week’s passage was a bit of a difficult one for me to interpret. When I first read it I couldn’t help but feel for the servant that had only 1 talent. He seemed to just be a risk averse type of person that was afraid to lose the talent that was given to him. As I started to read the passage more though, what I realized is that he wasted the gift that was given to him because of fear. God has blessed each and every one of us with our own gifts and talents and we have a responsibility to do our best with what we’re given to bring glory to God. In the years that I have been serving as a praise leader, there have been some turbulent times where I’ve been criticized for focusing on the musicality of praise. For years I felt guilty and held back in an effort to make praise as simple as possible so that I wasn’t perceived as someone that was doing it for their own pride or glory. It wasn’t until another praise leader shared a similar experience he was going through and what he said has always stuck with me. He came to the realization that if we have been given these talents by God, then why wouldn’t we strive to bring God the best possible praise that we can. It wasn’t about the level of musical talent or how great we thought we sounded for our own pride, but more about what we were using our talents for. If I hold back, ultimately I am short changing God because he has a desire to work through me and the talents he’s given me. This week’s songs are focused around the theme of laying down our own pride and submitting to the will of God in our lives. Hope you enjoy!
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