I had a choir leaders meeting at church. It is always good to get together with friends who love music and to share their gifts from God. It was a good efficient meeting and much was accomplished. In my journey to Jesus, music has been a constant love for me. Music has also brought out in me an ego that has no place in glorifying the Lord in song.
When I am around these wonderful servants of God, I can be very uncomfortable. I find myself making all kinds of mental judgments. My group I consider to be very professional.
We are older with professional experience. We take our music seriously and practice much. I think others do not and I think that by what I see and hear at church. I silently shake my head. I expect so much more from them. Tonight I was thinking, what if everyone is giving all they have to glorify God and I am thinking they should be giving what we give to glorify God. They actually could be giving more to God than us. Tonight’s Gospel was an ego check for me. My attitude at this meeting was void of love. Who do I think I am? Matthew 22:34-40 reminds me …
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
Humbly regard others as more important than yourselves is a part of Philippians 2 that I pray each day. It is a tough one but important and tonight my ego got in the way. I love the Lord who reminds me in so many different ways but especially through His Word, that love of God and neighbor is His will. And thinking about music and Sister Act, I sing out loudly … “I Will Follow Him”