Identity Crisis

For Worship Teams:

Who are you when you're not leading?

Who are you when you're not playing guitar?

Who are you when you're not singing?


If you haven't read "How To Worship A King" by Zach Neede, I recommend it. He points out something that is so worth wrestling with  - the trap of function. The "my function must determine my identity" trap.  


It usually goes like this:

If I play guitar, I must be a guitarist. 

If I sing, I must be a singer.

If I lead worship, I must be a worship  leader.


Don't get me wrong, our functions matter. Our roles matter. But put function infornt of identity and things get a little messy. Have you ever given feed back to a musician? Ditection to a creative? Yup. You might as well have said you don't like who they are. It's an identity crisis and I'm guilty of it. 

Zach Neese said "God didn't create you to only use you. He created you so that he could KNOW you."

What are you becoming known as? 

I heard a pastor say "the church doesn't need more talented musicians, it needs more Christ-filled humble worshippers who are also talented musicians." 

Worshiping out function alone will produce basically anything your skill will allow. Worshiping out of identity will produce far more than just skill can. It will set a clearer path for a richer worship experience. 

Our function will come and go - our identity is eternal. It's the only steady ground worth standing on. 

According to scripture - You are a friend of God (John 15:15), a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinth. 6:19), a Saint (1 Corinth. 1:2), you are purposed (Ephesians 2:10), set free, you have been called, qualified and ordained to lead people into new life.

Let's wrestle with this question together - When you show up on Sunday, what are you leading from? 


aaron floresComment