Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Pleasing God, Not Man - Darlene Zschech

Two weeks prior to the recording of our new album For This Cause, a number of different people came up to me and said things like, "I bet you're feeling under pressure ...", or "How are you going to outdo the last album ..." or "Glad it's you and not me!"

That got me thinking about the high pressure and extreme expectations placed on myself and the team to come up with the goods! We can all feel this type of pressure in life - a very "performance measured" pressure that I find was never birthed in God and can so easily wind "off course" if we strive to please the heart of man and not the heart of God.
Let me encourage you, dear worshippers, from Paul's letter to the Philippians, Chapter 2:

Know Your Mission - Be In Unity (Verse 1&2)
"If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the (Holy) Spirit, and by whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy, then make my joy complete by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention.

Let Nothing Be Done Through Strife Or Vain Glory (Verse 3)
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition (through contentiousness, strife, unworthy ends of factional motives) or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance or vain conceit."

Obey (Verse 5, 12 & 13)
"Let this attitude of humility be in you which was in Christ Jesus. Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed - continue to work out your salvation with reverence, awe and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose."

Be Blameless (Vese 14)
"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe ..."

You Do Not Labour In Vain (Verse 16)
"Holding out and offering all men the Word of Life, in order that I may boast that I did not run or labour in vain."

Open Your Mouth With The Praises Of God And Close Your Ears To The Praises Of Men! (Verse 10, 11)

"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Seek first the Kingdom of God ... there is nothing more rewarding in life than to use your God given creativity and gifts to promote the King and to further the cause of the Kingdom.

The work that was started by Him will be completed by Him.

"There is nothing more rewarding than using your God-given creativity and gifts to promote the King."

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