Our family of eight still has only one vehicle: a Honda Pilot. That means that sometimes we get creative with our scheduling and transportation.
On one such occasion, we played musical cars with my Mom. I dropped my family off at her house (along with the Pilot), and drove her car to the church where I was guest leading. They would take our car to Mom’s church. (Most times, we all go together, but sometimes it just works better this way.)
Our plan was to reunite at Mom’s after church for lunch.
As I was pulling out of her garage, she asked me what time I thought I’d be back. "Well, I’m not sure...and I still can’t find my copy of your house keys, so maybe I’ll run some errands first."
"Dave," she replied matter-of-factly, "You have the garage door opener. You can come in any time you want."
But it was like God was talking to me. As worship leaders, we can easily forget what we have access to. We’re concerned about the congregation, about the Looptimus pedal, about our segues, about our monitor mixes, about remembering the words.
Yet we must remember that we have access to the throne room, to God’s very presence. At any time. I don’t know where your mind will meander after hearing this, but here are my two takeaways:
- Through the blood of Jesus, we have access anytime to an encounter of intimacy with the Father, to the shadow of His wings, to the holy of holies, to the transforming presence of Almighty God. It’s personal for each of us, and it’s communal for all of us. And it’s amazing.
- Because of this, we walk in authority when we lead. You have the garage door opener in your hand!! Click it. Go where you hear the Lord calling you to go. As we play, we’ve been given you authority to release blessing on God’s people, to cooperate with God to make things "on earth as it is in heaven," to do warfare against the darkness. Don’t just do songs. Walk in authority...you’ve got the clicker!
Besides, you never know how God might be using you to do waaaay more than you thought was happening. (Right, Mom?!). :)
ps. If you’d like to, meditate on these scriptures (maybe even with your team) to more fully unpack what God is calling us into:
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to Godwith a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:19-22)
The purpose is that through the church, the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities (principalities and powers) in the heavenly sphere. This is in accordance with the terms of the eternal and timeless purpose which He has realized and carried into effect in the person of Christ Jesus our Lord, in Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear). (Ephesians 3:10-12)
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then fearlessly approach God’s throne of grace with confidence and boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit. And at once the curtain of the sanctuary of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth shook and the rocks were split. (Matthew 27:50-51)
For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:18-22)
Now we have this hope as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil, where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20)
I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who does not enter by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. The watchman opens the door for this man, and the sheep listen to his voice and heed it; and he calls his own sheep by name and brings (leads) them out. When he has brought his own sheep outside, he walks on before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will never [on any account] follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not know the voice of strangers or recognize their call. Jesus used this parable (illustration) with them, but they did not understand what He was talking about. So Jesus said again, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that I Myself am the Door for the sheep. All others who came [as such] before Me are thieves and robbers, but the [true] sheep did not listen to and obey them. I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture. The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (John 10:1-10)