This weekend we had a chance to speak briefly with woship leader about worship. Dennis has had some beautiful doors opening to him recently. Dennis understands following the Holy Spirit and flowing. I compared Denis to a worship leader we are familiar with who is so gifted at following the Spirit but as the worship leader we were speaking to said, “If you aren’t familiar with this guy’s music and what he is doing you just can’t follow.” The guy does not seem to sharpen and perfect a song…he may sing song different every time. The worship leader told us there has to be a balance between excellence and following the Spirit. This is true in every area of our lives. Because we live on this earth, we have to pay attention to earthly things.
We went to the Brandon Heath concert at Southpark Meadows yesterday. I had been listening to the radio. They said to bring blankets and chairs to sit on. We had been planning all day to eat at the Austin Java Company (best roasted chicken soup and oatmeal heath bar cookies). When we arrived, it was total ciaos. People were crowded into a breezeway (because it was raining). Concert attendees has taken all the chairs from the surrounding restaurant patios. They were asking frazzled restaraunt employees if they could take chairs outside. It made me think, “Stinkin’ Christians” (and I AM one). The whole chair situation wouldn’t have been so bad except when the concert was over, the chairs were not returned – just left and there was trash everywhere. Someone is going to have to clean that mess up. What a poor display of Christian values that we cannot even through our own trash away. What message are we sending to the people who work in those establishments? We are certainly not valuing them as people.
As Christians we must begin to practice excellence in every area of our life, every day even when we are not at church. (Which reminds me – I need to clean my house) Follow the Spirit and take responsibility for ourselves. Christianity isn’t all about being “spiritual” it is also about integrity and Godly character. If we are merely “spiritual” but not transformed then as Christians we are missing the mark.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Being transformed means being a different person than you were before, in every area of your life; both spiritually and physically.