“This is what the Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in my ways and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing her.’” (Zechariah 3:7)
Worship leaders play an essential role for God’s people. God expects them to be strong ethical examples for His people. Moral living gives authority to lead worship.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today we honor our worship leaders; our priests, pastors, ministers, for the responsibility they hold by their position in the church, and for their being strong examples of piety, study, and moral strength. Today also pray those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Be careful of your life lest a child stumble over it.”
“He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.” (Malachi 3:3-4)
God is working to teach His people how to worship Him. He wants to refine and purify us so righteous living will accompany our offerings. Only as we present ourselves acceptable to God can our offerings be acceptable. God looked to the day priests would be morally pure and follow the directions He had given for worship. Impure motives and actions make our offerings unacceptable. Our worship leaders are to provide for an atmosphere of purity and refinement by God, so that their flocks would follow the example set forth by their leaders, but unfortunately this is not always the case. Too often the people follow on the surface, but underneath, they are following the ways of the world and this undermines the leadership of the church. We must always be diligent on the examples set by leadership, but also those in influential positions within the church, who institute ideas that are not of God; rather they are of the world.
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-13)
The New Testament teaches that God ordained leaders in the church. Their purpose is to equip each individual believer to be a priest. This great doctrine of the priesthood of the believer means that every individual Christians has direct access to God through Christ, the one Mediator between God and us. We need our worship leaders to be morally strong and faithful mentors for all in the church. They can and will hear confessions, but Jesus has told us that we can have direct access to God through Him. This is where we build our strong relationship with God through Christ Jesus.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belong to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1st Peter 2:9)
Christians take over Israel’s assigned identity as priests representing God to the world by praising Him. The church of believers is the elect of God in Christ fulfilling the role originally given Israel. Under the new covenant of Christ’s blood, the church is the chosen people serving as priests to lead those in darkness to the light of salvation. Holy living and mission to the world mark the church as God’s elect.