When it comes to tech and worship teams at a church, Christmas can be one of the most exhilarating times of the year, and also the most challenging. There are budgets, deadlines, volunteers, dreams, ideas, all sorts of things happening at what feels like the speed of light...
And if you're not careful, Jesus can slip right through your fingers, and then in the blink of an eye, the reason you're doing everything you're doing gets lost. It becomes a "show" instead of a worship experience, or a "task-list" instead of a countdown to Christmas...
Let me clarify... I don't mean that you'll forget who He is, or anything like that, but sometimes we can loosen our grip on what's really behind why we're doing what we're doing. Letting the WHY slip through your fingers can be devastating, especially to a leader.
Recently, I was reminded of a time when someone literally saved my life. When I was a little kid, my grandpa and I went cross country skiing together near the Coon Rapids dam. I was a novice, I always had weak ankles as a kid, BUT, I shooshed along behind trying to keep up. Grandpa was a true outdoors-man and as such had collected some tree nuts for us to snack on. He was busy roasting them on some sticks in a little park grill. Anyway, I was kinda bored, and putzing around, and before I knew it, started slipping forward down an incline toward a fence, a fence that was on the edge of basically a cliff that looked over the churning chunks of ice that were 20 or 30 feet below in the dam. My ankles buckled, I fell backwards onto my skis, my boots goofed up in the bindings, and started sliding underneath one of the crossbeams of the fence. My life flashed before my eyes… It didn’t take long, I was little… As the tips of my skis slipped under the fence, I felt strong hands grab me and pick me up. It was Grandpa. He wouldn’t let me slip through his fingers. I eagerly accepted his help. I took his hand, and he saved me from certain death.
And that’s what WE need to do with Jesus. Don’t let Jesus slip through your fingers.
Hebrews 4:16. In the NIV says “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Expanding a little, verses 14-16 in the message says: Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
Hebrews was written primarily to Jewish converts who were familiar with the scriptures, but being tempted to revert to Judaism. It’s overarching theme is the supremacy of Jesus. I think we need the same reminders to trust Jesus in this day and age. For some reason or another, it seems like if we push through the tough times and try hard enough, we can do it all on our own, and we’ll get more respect from others for being tough and strong. Culture seems to reward us for pulling away from Jesus’ power, and apparently that’s nothing new.
But thankfully, Jesus has mercy. He is extending His mercy to us, his grace towards us, a reward when we haven’t done anything to win a prize.
So, even though we have all sinned, and fallen short, have faith in Jesus who did not sin. And don’t be ashamed, be bold. Jesus doesn’t turn his back on us, he reaches out to us. He gives us mercy and grace when we don’t even deserve it. Yes, we do fall, we do sin. I know I fall, after all, my ankles are literally kinda weak, and we all have weaknesses. SO, when you stumble, count on Jesus to pick you up, dust you off, and fill you up with grace. We don’t deserve it, but he loves us. Don’t let Jesus slip through your fingers, let Him pick you up. Let him carry you. Accept his grace, in your times of need.
Dear Lord, I can't do this on my own. Let everything I do glorify you. Let this tech team glorify YOU. Thank you for coming to us as a baby, to change our lives forever. Help us to share that joy and excitement with others this Christmas. Amen!