People often ask, “What’s it like being a worship leader at Elevation Church?” Big question. But honestly, of all the things that really stick out in my mind, it’s this: It’s following a calling. I’m no scholar, but from what I see in the Bible, God calls people to Himself. He then leads them to a place so they can live out their calling, pursue God, and use their gifts for His Kingdom.
I came to Elevation Church as an intern in 2010. Early on in my internship, I realized that I’m not qualified enough to be here. Even though I may not have an impressive worship leader resume, I can tell you emphatically that God has prepared every step and paved the road for me to be here. What God has given me is far better than qualifications. It’s a calling.
Qualifications only get you so far. A calling will completely and forever change the direction of your heart. Qualifications are based on where you’ve been. A calling is based on where you’re going. Qualifications depend upon you. A calling depends upon the One calling you. Qualifications are based on your performance. A calling is based on God equipping you to carry it out. Qualifications might get you a job. But a calling will see you through a divinely given task that only you are made to do.
God isn’t impressed with my qualifications. He’s impressed by a consecrated heart. If God picked me because of my resume, that would go against His very nature. That would mean He would need my help to accomplish what He needed to do through me. God didn’t come to earth, live a perfect life, die on cross for my sins, and raise again to ultimately share His authority. He came to take over. He came to take over my life, to use it for His glory and for the good of the Kingdom.
God didn’t use anyone in scripture because they had an impressive resume. Qualifications don’t matter in God’s economy, and I’m not sure about you, but for me, that’s great news.
That’s not to say that God doesn’t use our gifts and talents. He does. He gave them to us. He is the author of life and the giver of gifts. He’s selective in having people use their particular gifts according to what they’ve been given. But, there is a huge difference between me using my gifts on my own and me surrendering my gifts to Him so they could be used to benefit His Kingdom. Gifts become anointed and callings find purpose in the House of God.
Do you feel unqualified? That’s probably right where God wants you. Actually, taking it even further, I think God is looking for those who are so under-qualified that they desperately need a higher power working on their behalf, making their weaknesses strong. It’s almost like God looks to and fro throughout the earth looking for a person so available that He doesn’t have to share His authority and so weak that He doesn’t have to share His power.
Only in the hands of my Savior am I just who I need to be in the place He has me. He didn’t place me here based on my resume. He led me here so I could be a part of this house and use my gifts. And in so doing, follow my calling.