One of our core values at Bannockburn Baptist church is “Leadership With Multiplication”. With guidance from scripture we prioritize building servant-leaders for the purposes of expanding the God’s Kingdom through the work of the local church in our community and beyond.
But select capable men … as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. …That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. Exodus 18:21-22
We’ve seen this core value at work in the worship ministry as we have expanded Bannockburn’s one church body into multiple sites, where members of our choir and orchestra have stepped up to take critical roles in the formation and operations of these new worship sites. It’s awesome to see what God does through His people as He equips an obedient spirit for His work. Therefore, consider your talents and experiences and how they might be developed and applied for greater service in your area of ministry. Perhaps you might pick up that musical instrument you haven’t touched in a while and join our orchestra!
There is another amazing aspect to God’s economy with respect to return on investment. When you tithe and give offerings of your time and talent (i.e., practicing, rehearsing, serving during worship services, etc.), God takes it and multiplies your investment, yielding high dividends for all eternity. Our role in worship-leading has such an impact that we cannot afford to invest unwisely, so we must nurture and grow the portfolio of talent The Lord has entrusted to us.
Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!… For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Matt 25:21 & 29
Don’t think your contribution is too small!!
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matt 17:20
Whether turning water to wine, using mud to heal blindness, feeding the multitudes with a few crumbs, or using simple faith and obedience for miraculous healing in other cases, Jesus has proven He is willing and able to take small offerings and do mighty things with them.
So, what does it mean for our orchestra at Bannockburn or the Kingdom at large? Spend a little time each day preparing spiritually and physically for worship services. Even if you only have a few minutes to practice, doing so on a regular basis is infinitely more usable in God’s economy than giving no effort. For tips on maximizing your practice time see my blog: Practice Tips For Amateur Church Orchestras.
Can you think of examples in your life how God has used you unexpectedly through some seemingly insignificant contribution of yours? Maybe The Lord used someone else’s small offering to do a great work in your life. Please share in the comments below.