More Than Just A “Special Number”
If you’ve been serving in our Sunday Music Ministry long enough, you would know that right after Praise and Worship comes an exhortation, a transition, a few announcements, an offering message and then the “SPECIAL NUMBER”.
For the longest time we’ve known this segment to be, as the name implies, just a Special Number. A segment where we sing a song, the congregation spectates and the offering bags are passed around. We all know this too well.
But recently, you’ve probably noticed that our “Special Number” is being done a little differently than before. Now, more than just singing a song for the congregation, we ask them to join in and worship with us. If you’ve led or sang at any of our special numbers recently, then you’ve probably felt a little awkwardness because of the slight change done in that segment. I know, I did! At first, I wasn’t quite sold out in inviting them to stand and sing. In my mind, I was wrestling with the thought, “Isn’t this just a segment to burn time until all the offering bags are passed around?” But as I thought about it, I realized it was really more than just that. As I pondered about the new approach we’re taking to our special number, I was reminded of a truth regarding worship.
And that is… Worship involves everything, including, the “Special Number”.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)
From the verse above we’ve learned that worship is the whole of life. As part of the Music Ministry, this concept is no stranger to us. We’ve all heard this time and time again, but how does it really translate? To put it simply, our worship is not confined to a place or time, but becomes the motive and essence of everything we do. Worship involves everything.
This means that every decision we make and every action we do matters. Worship is no longer boxed in the 40 minutes we spend on stage, but its part of us 24/7.
Here are a few questions we can ask ourselves:
• Am I worshiping and honoring God even when no one is looking?
• Am I worshiping and honoring God with my Finances?
• Am I worshiping and honoring God with my relationships with my friends, family & opposite sex?
• Am I worshiping and honoring God in my academics/job?
The list goes on and on and on……
Worship involves everything
So I guess there’s really more to our Special Number, huh? It’s no longer just a segment to burn time as we wait for the offering bags to be passed to everyone. Let’s shift our perspective. I pray that in the 5 minutes we have in singing the Special Number, we would all just worship! Let us give thanks to God in those moments. Let us remember all the good things He has done, and let our hearts respond.
Let’s not stop there…
In our finances, let’s give our tithes as a form of worship to Him. Let’s remember his faithfulness and provision.
In our every relationship, let us uphold love, patience and purity knowing that it honors the Lord.
In our academics/job let’s work hard and be excellent. Let’s remember that He gave His all for us.
Let worship be the motive of everything we do. This will not be easy and this will not be quick. But as we pursue to know who Jesus is, and what He has done, I know and believe He will change us from the inside-out.