Performing Together, not what you think.
For almost 35 years my job was to plan and lead worship services. One of my favorite scriptures was II Chronicles 5:13-14
“The trumpets and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words, “He is good, His love endures forever.” At that moment a great cloud filled the temple of God. The priests could not continue their work because the glorious presence of the Lord filled the temple of God.”
I love the picture here of people of different talents joining together to praise God.
In the context of serving as a worship pastor, this scripture encouraged me to find ways to involve people with different gifts to join together. The scripture also became a catalyst for me to teach the congregation about worship: 1) how God’s presence is always present, but He chooses to show up in miraculous ways sometimes and, 2) we can and should find ways to use each person's gifts to bring Glory to God.
After 36 years of working in a church, I have made a career change moving to a marketplace position.
A few days ago I was reviewing some Scriptures I have memorized and this one came to the top of the list. I just happened to be on the way to my new place of employment. It then struck me how this scripture can and should apply to other situations, not just worship services.
Romans 12:1 implores us to use our whole body as an act of worship and nothing is said about a worship service. Therefore, no matter what we are doing, no matter where we are, we have the opportunity to bring glory to God.
Looking around the new campus I see gifted and talented men and women who just by their actions are striving to bring Glory to God. They may not be trumpeters, singers or priests but they are people called of God to live a life for him.
An important part of this story is the company, Brindlee Moutain Fire Apparatus. It was built on biblical principles and encourages a public display of Christ-centered lives.
“The salesmen, purchasing agents, mechanics, shop techs and CPAs worked together in unison to give thanks to the Lord. They joined together to proclaim, He is good, His love endures forever."