Set the Believers Example in Conduct

Featuring Bob Kauflin Posted on April 27, 2010

Worldly musicians can make great music on stage and live totally decadent lives—and no one thinks twice about it.  Worship leaders don't have that option.

God wants our conduct to be an example to others. If the way we live doesn't back up what we proclaim on Sunday morning, we're not only deceiving the church—we're misrepresenting the God we claim to be worshiping. 

I don't ever want people who see me lead worship publicly to be surprised by the way I live privately. It's not my songs that define my worship; it's my life. So if your marriage is struggling, if your children are rebelling, if you're viewing pornography, if you're easily angered, if your speech is foul, or if you're engaged in a pattern of sin I haven't mentioned yet, get help now. If no one is aware of your sin, start by confessing it to those who can help you. “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). We need the eyes ofothers who know and care about what we do with our free time, our money, our thought life, and our family.

The standard for leading worship isn't sinless perfection. But there has to be a consistent lifestyle of godliness. Areas of compromise not only weaken our example but call into question whether we should be leading at all. Sometimes the best way you can demonstrate the value of Jesus Christ to others is by stepping down. Remember, God can use us, but he doesn't need us. The world has seen enough leaders whose sin has dishonored the Savior and harmed the church. We're called to set an example for the church with our conduct. We need to pursue every possible means available to do that.

If you don't have people in your life who know you well and are helping you live a life worthy of the gospel, find them now. Temptation is too great, sin too deceptive, and the world too attractive to think we can live an overcoming life on our own. 

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