A couple weekends ago, I got to lead a really special moment during worship. I feel honored that King of Kings trusts me with a microphone. I could use it for a hidden agenda, like telling the congregation, “today we are taking a love offering for my student loans” or, “we are relocating the church to Texas because WINTER”. Not that I would ever do that, but I could.
I’ve had this opportunity to speak into worship a couple times, and I am always the most blessed by it. We aren’t going to get into a competition about who was more blessed, but I really was.
I saw a photo of me mid-sentence, microphone in hand that our Creative Team posted. Seeing that reminded me of a quote from author Bob Goff. (If you haven’t read any of his stuff, you should!)
“You get to choose who gets a microphone into your life”
Who are we giving power? Who are we trusting? Are we taking the amplified words of others and testing it with scripture?
Going back to that “I can say whatever I want with the mic thing” — even when/if it sounds good or feels good with the worship music subtly playing in the background, I have to know it’s good.
The only way to know it is good is to know it is God. The easiest way to know it’s God is if it lines up with ‘in context’ scripture.
I can’t think of a better text to remind us of this truth than the book of wisdom, Proverbs. Proverbs 22:17-21 is the beginning of a list of sayings, but I think it sums up the point perfectly.
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;
apply your heart to what I teach,
for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart
and have all of them ready on your lips.
So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I teach you today, even you.
Have I not written thirty sayings for you,
sayings of counsel and knowledge,
teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth,
so that you bring back truthful reports
to those you serve?
What a gift we have in this book of truth that guides us and tells us when someone needs their mic muted for a while. So take this as a little reminder to take all words with a grain of salt. Listen closely to the individuals who have proven themselves to be wise and discerning of the Lord’s will. The others? Just smile and nod.
And thanks again for letting me have a little microphone into your lives, and more importantly the lives of your middle and high schoolers. That is a task I don’t take lightly. I am truly grateful God lets me partner with Him.
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Amanda is the Director of Student Ministry at King of Kings.