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drinking from the same cup…

I am so proud of the Godly attitude I see every day in those who serve in the worship ministry here at Scotts Hill. The world is so strong in its push to make us all want to have all these “rights” and that agenda is a constant in everything we see and live. Sadly enough, it continues to plague “the church” as the enemy offers a tainted fruit called “self” to us on a very decorative platter. The subtle way it affects us is evident in the way we try to mix in very personal agendas with the leading of the Holy Spirit. If we serve, how we serve (position), and what that service can do for me is mixed in with the true attitude of service called selflessness. The attitude of selflessness is one that only wants to glorify the Father and understands that any lifting up of us is always filtered through the way we honor Christ first.

The problem of lifting up self is always highlighted more with musicians, and the desire to make ourselves “stars” is the end result of denying Christ His place of majesty and honor in our worship. Of course, this falls in line with what position satan elevated himself to as the leader of worship, just before he and his angels were kicked out of heaven. We continue to deal with the attraction to make ourselves known, which in turn puts Christ on the back burner, and the end result is a loss of fellowship with the One who gave us our talent. This makes no sense, but still is an ongoing problem with musicians and singers alike when it comes to the “reason” we use our talent. A talent given by God to be given to God for His glory is a talent God can use in incredible ways and for eternity’s sake. That same talent used in the wrong way will have its glory here on earth, but no benefit for the Father.

Once again, I am so proud of the ever growing attitude and lifestyle of those who lead worship at Scotts Hill and I want to encourage each of you to daily evaluate who is getting the praise and keep your focus on our Lord. He is worthy of all praise. Not us! Once that attitude is established and strong it gives us a boldness that is Spirit led and focused on Him. We have come so far and God has more great plans for each of us. Keep Him as your focus. Even though He has gifted each of us in different ways and levels, it is still His desire for each of us to fall equally before Him and cry Holy. If we realize we are all drinking from the same cup, it will keep us level with our attention on Him who fills us with His Spirit.

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts;

and though all its parts are many, they form one body.

So it is with Christ.

For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—

whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—

and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

–I Corinthians 12:12-13

The Pilgrimage continues….

David Warren

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