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A Privilege, Not a Right

April 23rd, 2013


Choir Note-Sunday, April 21, 2013

I think a good, Bible description of any ministry is that it’s a privilege, not a right. Study out the spiritual gifts in Scripture (primarily 1 Cor. 12-14 and Rom. 12) and you’ll see that spiritual gifts are 1) given by God, 2) powered by His Spirit, 3) given to every Christian, 4) for the purpose of being used in the church, and 5) to be used in love. Never once are they referred to as a “right” of yours.

How do you view your gifts? Do you love to minister, and do you love in your ministering? Or is it your right, simply because you feel like you’re good at it?

God’s gifting is from God and to be used for God. It’s amazing to me that God promises to bless us for using the gifts HE gave us! Because your gifts come from Him, they are to be used for Him, not you. I tried to make it very plain when preaching this to the teens that their spiritual gifting is a privilege, not a right. It is from God, for God and God’s people.

Choir, too, is not a right but a privilege. I try to view every ministry and service opportunity NOT as something I can pick and choose what fits me best, as if it’s my right to choose, but as exactly what they are: ministry and service opportunity. Those aren’t just words we throw around; they’re Bible words with distinct definitions.

Do you view choir as a privilege? We in choir are of the most privileged of people in the church, not because we are better that anyone but because of the ministry God has blessed us with and the responsibility that comes along with it. None of us is entitled to be in the choir because of our singing voice. Rather, we are privileged to serve in the role of leadership in the music ministry.

With that small level of leadership comes a lot of responsibility. You are viewed by the congregation each week as ones who have been privileged by God to serve in this capacity. Choir is not a right; it’s a privilege.

As a choir member, whether you like it or not, you’re in a noticed position. What does your life say to the people who see you in choir? Are you in agreement with the church? Did you come to revival each night last week? Do you ever come to Saturday soul-winning? Do you at least come to Saturation Saturday? Or Men’s Prayer Breakfast? Or ladies meetings? Do you come to church on Wednesday nights? Did you post anything “edgy” on Facebook last week? Do you tithe? Do you ever go to the altar? Is your only ministry choir?

People are not the judge, God is. But what people think can usually be at least a guide to what God might think, you think? J If God is the judge and we’re to please Him, how does your life show that you’re working to please Him? Is choir your only ministry because you feel it’s your right? No. You’re a privileged person. Choir is a privileged position that comes with a lot of responsibility. Leadership in the music ministry extends beyond some notes on a page and some songs we sing. It shows in your spirit about the whole ministry of Calvary Baptist Church and your overall involvement.

We do not impose leadership requirements on choir members, but I would like you to 1) consider how you come across, and 2) consider before God your own spirit about the ministry as a whole. I think if we’re honest, we can all do more for God.

–Bro. Ryan




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