Love God. Love People.
I’ve been serving in the worship team for almost 10 years now, and it’s been one of the best journeys I could have ever embarked on. It’s refined me as a person, urged me to continue fighting the good fight, encouraged me to go deeper in my understanding of faith and drawn me closer to God.
Yet as the journey continues, I find myself time and time again coming back to the reality that our involvement should be built on this simple banner: Love God, Love People.
For most of us this is quite self-explanatory. God has given us everything. He died for us. He gave us new life. He destroyed our sin, built us up in His mercy and grace, and empowers us by His never-failing, never-forsaking Holy Spirit. This is the reality of our life now: We are God’s, and nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:39).
Because of His love for us, a compulsion is birthed within us that urges us to serve Him and live for Him (2 Corinthians 5:15).
I recognise that life sometimes punches you in the gut and steals your joy. I get it. I’ve been there. But I want to encourage you to just fix your eyes on Jesus for a moment and recognise that God is with you and He is for you. He loves you.
I’m continually astounded by the accounts of Jesus’ ministry. He emptied Himself so that some pretty messed up people could be redeemed. But the thing that compelled Him was love. He could have ministered out of disdain for sin and hatred for wickedness, but the accounts we see is someone motivated by love and compassion. In Matthew 20, Jesus heals two blind men. He may very well have hated the blindness in the two beggars, but verse 34 tells us that He had compassion on them, and therefore He healed them. His motivation to act was to care for the broken.
I could play my instrument because I want to be seen and validated by other people, or I could play my instrument because I believe there is power to change someone’s eternity. Same act, different motivation.
I can definitely say that early on, imperfect as I was, I found my identity in what I could do, rather than who God said I am. But now a few years down the track, I find myself in a redeemed approach to how I play and how I do ministry. I’m still very very flawed, but I approach my involvement with an understanding that it’s quite simply not about me, but about encouraging and edifying others, and perhaps God will use my service to minister to someone else’s eternity, just as He has mine. Why? Because the love of Christ compels me to love other people.
Love God. Love people. This is the greatest commandment, and every other command hinges on these two commands, including the reason why we practice, attend Team nights and get to early morning rehearsals. And ultimately it goes a long way to how we treat each other, how we submit to leadership, whether we show off or not or what we ask God to do through us at our services. I dare say that our three core values, Anointing, Character and Excellence, all hinge on the motivation of love.
So my challenge to you is, why do you do what you do? If you struggle to identify with loving God and loving people, why don’t you first seek God’s love for you.
Love God. Love people.
Love you all,
Daniel Tusjak is the music director at South West Christian Church