“Living Above Mediocrity”


Let’s face it:  As worship leaders, we could all use more money for our worship ministry.  Better musicians would definitely help.  Stronger vocalists would improve the sound greatly.  And if we had a tech team that could think and react just as we would, our team would be amazing!  But the reality is:  limitations abound.

Every worship leader I’ve ever known has limitations.  Sometimes it’s money.  Other times it’s the right personnel or equipment.  Still yet, having the right responses from the congregation and healthy support from church leadership can almost always be improved.  If we are honest, sometimes WE are the limitation.  It may be our talent.  Or training.  Possibly a deeper walk with Christ is needed.  Or any number of other tools and resources at our disposal would make the difference.  Regardless of what the limitations are, they exist.  So how do we address them? Do we exert every ounce of energy trying to change them?  Do we accept them and move on?  Are there any other options?  Colossians 3:23-24 says it well:  23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.  If we truly believe God desires our entire lives, then we should start here.

Mediocrity is delivering less than our best.  In Genesis 4 Cain gave to God, but he gave less than his best.  Did God accept less than everything from Cain?  No.  If we come to serve Him with less than everything, is our worship acceptable to Him?  On the other hand, in Luke 21, a widow gave the Lord the only two mites she had.  She didn’t complain about not having more.  She didn’t withhold from what she had.  She simply surrendered everything to God and allowed Him to receive all that was His to begin with.

Have you given everything you have to God or are you holding back?  Are your worship ministry limitations inhibiting you from complete and total surrender?  Are you cutting corners?  Where is mediocrity creeping into your ministry?  Take time this week to be brutally honest with God.  Allow God to reveal any mediocrity to you, convict you about it and then let Him empower you to overcome them.

“Do not let your worship limitations be an excuse for mediocrity”.  People desire excellence.  Worship leaders want to deliver excellence.  But above all, our Lord deserves excellence.  So as you lead worship this week, remember that excellence in God’s eyes is more about you and your team being fully surrendered to Him rather than allowing your limitations to be excuses for more.

Blessings to you and your team(s) as you serve Christ this week!

Mark Mattingly
President – WorshipConsulting.com