The fear of man lays a snare,
but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe. Proverbs 29:25 (ESV)
It was a regular Saturday afternoon; spending some time in my office sorting chord charts into stacks for the worship team. I look forward to this time- I usually put on an Ask Pastor John podcast, or spend some time learning something new from R.C. Sproul. The video below caught my eye! I love Francis Chan, I love John MacArthur, and the description promised that the video was “funny”.
Win, win, win.
What I got from this video was so much more than a laugh (although it’s really funny). Chan mentions two questions that went straight to my heart as a pastor, as a worship leader, and most importantly as a follower of Christ.
Take 4 minutes and 4 seconds, watch this video, and come back when you’re done.
Trust me, this is truly worth the time!
The Lord saw fit to drop this little truth bomb 2 days before I would lead the singing at my first (ok, maybe only) national conference. He truly knows what we need, just when we need it!
The two questions in the video have challenged me and have helped to set my priorities straight for a few weeks now. They have become regular fence posts I keep in front of our worship team, and a filter for my own motivations.
1-Whose approval matters?
We are to do everything we do for the glory of God. When we function out of fear, striving, need for approval, or anything other than love for Jesus Christ, we are running on what my pastor likes to call “dirty fuel”.
For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” 1 Sam 16:7b (ESV)
2- Do I honestly love the people in front of me?
 Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 (ESV)
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. (1 Corinthians 13:1 ESV) Truly, without love, even our most eloquent preaching is in vain. Without love, our leading of worship, our service in the nursery, our home life, our work life, and every other area of life is empty and will leave us exhausted.
It is misplaced love of self that desperately chases man’s approval.
It is love for God and for others which motivates us to please Him in a lifestyle of worship.
Try asking yourself these questions as you go through your week. I pray that you will find them to be as helpful as I have.
David Champagne (@davidchampagne) is the South Campus Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. He is a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, and the Executive Producer of the upcoming ACBC music project, Bring the Dawn (October 2018). He lives in St. Johns Florida with his wife and four children.