The word “engage” brings many things to mind. For some, it is the epitome of love and commitment through marriage. That biblical expression of love through the bonding together of a man and woman for a lifelong commitment to each other.
For others, it is the great command from the captain of the Enterprise, forging on the in the intergalactic dream to “boldly go where no man has gone before”.
The Bible uses the word “engage” to describe the work and heart of the Levites:
“Now these are the singers, heads of fathers’ households of the Levites, who lived in the chambers of the temple free from other service; for they were engaged in their work day and night.” 1 Chron. 9:33
In 2012, I’m calling on all of our Worship Team to ENGAGE in the ministry to which God has called us. That is because of a deep love for Christ and the bond that is brought about through the blood of Christ, to boldly forge ahead with all our might, with all our heart, to worship God and love Him to the fullest. As a result of that, we are to lead His people into His presence through music–praise–and worship.
You see, the core of worship is summed up this way: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deut. 6:5). Jesus called this the greatest commandment. Mark D. Roberts says, “When we sing, we can invest our whole self in worship as we think, feel, and act.”
I’m asking you to ENGAGE in:
- Your walk with Christ
- Your worship to Him
- Your musical skills that God has given you for a purpose
- Your relationships with your brothers and sisters in Christ
- Your diligence in reaching others for Christ
Sunday, January 15, we will spend some time in worship (at First Baptist Mableton, GA) at the altar, committing to the engagement of our whole selves to the Worship Ministry. Will you join us in this year-long (really lifelong) quest? Will you say to God and others–I’m ENGAGED? I really hope you will walk this path with us–a path, with great rewards. You see, when we follow Him, He reveals more about Himself to us–that is we begin to take on more and more of His character.
I have more to share in the coming weeks. For now, I’m asking all members of our Worship Team to ENGAGE with us. Stop by the Worship Center as you arrive Sunday morning and pick up an “I’m Engaged” sticker. Wear it proudly throughout the day as we wholly commit ourselves to serve our Holy God!