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Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)
TITLE: Why Should I Wait ?
By Kathy Cartee
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He had been a Christian for three months. When Pastor Wilkes placed a request in the bulletin last Sunday for a worship leader, Chad was overjoyed. At long last there was an opening to lead the worship team. He loved music; it was as much a part of his life as the breath he breathed. He started playing and singing when he was only five years old. That was twenty years of experience. He could play any instrument they put in front of him.
He knew the Pastor asked for those that were a part of the church for at least a year to apply for the position, but surly, they did not mean him! There was not another person in the congregation with the talent and ability to lead music as well as he could. After all, he had his own Rock band before becoming a Christian. He gave up all of that to follow Jesus. Chad was sure Jesus opened this door just for him. He had a hard time believing Pastor Wilkes would give the leadership to anyone else.
When he approached the pastor before church services, Pastor Wilkes said, “Chad we appreciated your application for our opening as worship leader. However, you must wait this one out. We believe each person should become mature and stable in their personal relationship with Christ before they become a leader. You have only been a Christian a short time. We understand your disappointment, but your time will come.”
Chad took his seat on the front row as the pastor entered the pulpit to greet the people and make the morning announcements. He opened by thanking everyone that had applied for the worship leader’s position and announced they had chosen William Wright as the new worship leader. He invited William to come forward for the congregation to welcome him to their leadership group.
Everyone stood clapping their hands and welcoming William. Chad stood clapping with all the others. He had to admit if he could not be the worship leader, then William was the next best choice. William was his closest and dearest friend. William was the one who told Chad about salvation and brought him to church for the first time.
Chad was feeling a little guilty now.
He said, Lord. “Please forgive me. Bless William and anoint him to be the best worship leader this church has ever seen.”
Chad was remembering the scripture in Philippians 2: 3 – 4 which says;
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Chad was feeling better already. It was true, William did not have the same music ability that Chad processed, but he had the most important thing. He had the heart of a true worshipper of God. He could not play a single instrument, he had never written a song, however, when he opened his mouth to sing Chad was sure the angels in heaven joined his singing. He could take anyone into the presence of God with a simple chorus. With all the training and ability Chad processed he knew he had a long way to go before he was able to bring others into the presence of the Lord as well as William.
Chad said, “Jesus thank you for forgiving me. I was being prideful. I know William is not the next best choice, but the best one to lead our worship team. I thank you, Lord for the opportunity to learn from a dedicated Christian, like William.
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