As worship leaders, we often ask the question “How do we measure success?”. Sometimes we find that this question is more easily answered by a retail store or a mechanic than by a ministry leader. It can be hard to get your arms around the metrics that should be used to measure success. Is it how many people show up on Sunday morning? Is it how many people have their arms raised in worship or say “good job” when you are done?
Certainly both of these things can point in a general direction of success, but they leave out the possibility that God may be using you to bring about some other good. From the Old Testament, would you say Elijah’s ministry was successful? He was hated by many and spent part of his life hiding from people who wanted him dead. But he was God’s voice to a wayward nation. Successful? Maybe. Obedient? Definitely. So perhaps the better question to ask is “Am I being obedient to the will of God?” This can be a challenge as we’re tempted to meet the approval of our congregation and fellow worship leaders, but God calls us to look past that and follow him.
To unpack this question of obedience, ask yourself the following:
-Am I faithfully doing what God has gifted me to do?
-Am I living my life according to the Bible by loving God, loving others and avoiding sin?
-Am I willing to do the right things, even if they cause me discomfort?
-Would I still be willing to serve God in the same way if no one ever said “thanks” or “good job”?
In the end, I believe God values obedience more than success. So should we.