I’m a lawbreaker, a rule breaker.
I once answered an internet poll asking "Describe yourself in three words" with "I am a rebel." (It might take a sec to let it sink in)
So when I see a scripture that gives me something to do that nobody can put a law against, my heart leaps.
"Against such things there is no law." I take that to mean that we can do as much of this as we want. We can go for thirds even. I get so excited!!
But what is this glorious thing that we can just go to the absolute limit with? Things like…
- affection for others
- exuberance about life
- a willingness to stick with things
- a sense of compassion in the heart
- a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people
- we find ourselves involved in loyal commitments
- not needing to force our way in life
- able to marshal and direct our energies wisely
I think of it this way. Nobody will mind if I do more of any of these things.
And with a lofty list like that, it’s easy to see how anyone would welcome more of them. But what if it was true of you and me? What if it was true of our music and tech teams?
What if we pursued these more than any form, formula, format, or style?
What if we’d take this list out at rehearsal this week, and let each team member share how we could embody one of these "things" as a worship team?
But first, context, right? Before we start grunting (that’s the non-spiritual version of "striving") in order to accomplish these things, take stock that the first half of the verse reads "But the fruit of the Holy Spirit (the work which His presence within accomplishes) is…"
We make the choice, and yes, there is effort, but we rely on and receive as our complete Source, the Holy Spirit. He’s the one that brings these things to life.
So here’s how it can work. First, have the discussion of how your team can walk more generously in these "things" and second, use that discussion to shape your prayers as you ask the LORD to work them into your team.
I’d love to hear how this helped move your team forward!
ps. Thanks to Eugene Peterson’s The Message version of Galatians 5:22-23