Faithful to Lead

Featuring Bob Kauflin Posted on April 17, 2010


Romans 12:8 says leaders are to lead “with zeal” (or “with diligence,” nkjv). Leading people to praise God involves energy, intentionality, and thoughtfulness.

Although we never know exactly how people are going to respond during a meeting, we tend to reap what we sow.

If our leadership focuses on musical experiences, we'll reap a desire for better sounds, cooler progressions, and more creative arrangements. If we sow to immediate feelings, we'll reap meetings driven by the pursuit of emotional highs. If we lead in such a way that we're the center of attention, we'll reap a man-centered focus, shallow compliments, and ungodly comparisons.

On the other hand, if we sow to God's glory in Christ, we'll reap the fruit of people in awe of God's greatness and goodness. But to do that we must faithfully paint a compelling, attractive, biblical picture of the Savior.

God isn't hiding from us, waiting to see if we'll find the right combination to unlock his blessing. He is eager to work through us as we faithfully lead our church into a clearer understanding of his glory. 

The Fruit of Faithful Leadership 

Faithful leadership doesn't always result in being commended, applauded, or appreciated.

Sometimes we'll be criticized for doing what we believe is biblical. I have a friend whose pastor once asked him to stop using songs that mentioned “sin”because he thought non-Christian visitors might be offended. Fortunately, overtime the pastor was persuaded that was a bad idea. Other worship leaders I know have been chastised by church members for putting a new melody to a hymn, using drums, or singing songs that mention God's wrath. If you're a faithful leader, you won't always be appreciated.

But experiencing opposition doesn't necessarily mean we're godly. It could be we're just dumb. We think we're being Spirit-led when actually we're being distracting or unwise. Like the worship leader who inserts a drum solo without running it by anyone in advance. Every criticism provides a fresh opportunity  to examine our motives and actions and to respond as those who have received amazing mercy through the cross.

Ultimately, the fruit of faithful leadership is knowing we've pleased the audience of One. Our joy doesn't come from leading the perfect worship time, winning awards, or having a song on the worship charts. Our goal isn't success, popularity, or personal fulfillment. It's anticipating—by God's grace and for the glory of Jesus Christ—that we'll hear on that last day, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21, 23).

And that's a greater reward than anything this world could ever offer. 


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