Why Talent is Not Enough to Lead

It doesn’t matter how talented you are.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the best in the world. When it comes to having an effective ministry, you need more than natural skill.

No, I’m not here to advocate laziness.

Of course, you should work on your guitar scales.

Of course, you should develop the discipline of songwriting.

Of course, you should go to the next level as a worship leader.

Effective ministry is never less than hard work. But it’s also so much more.

Why is this?

You Need God

Because in order to raise the dead, you need God.

In order for Christ to be seen as beautiful to the selfish, human heart, you need God.

In order for your city to be changed, you need God.

In order for your family to follow Jesus, you need God.

In order to lead Christ-centered worship, you need God.

True life-change doesn’t take place because of an inspiring performance. You can’t reason people into loving Jesus.

The Holy Spirit needs to awaken hearts. Without that, you’re just inspiring people. Without that, it’s just music.

My Struggle With Depending on God

To be honest, I’m a sucker for improving myself. I love “self help” books because I love to learn and make myself the best I can be, almost to a fault.

The problem is I don’t want to do what only I can do. I want God to do what only God can do … through me.

That takes prayer. Dependence. Trust.

I’d rather just solve problems. Get stuff done. Work hard and prove how capable I am. But the way of the kingdom is different. It’s a lifestyle of intentional weakness.

My goal isn’t to be the best I can be—it’s to be the most trusting, dependent and in awe of Christ I can be. That’s where we need to invest our best energy.

Picture This

What if we all stood before our congregations next weekend fully trusting the Holy Spirit? Fully anointed? Fully confident He was working miracles as we stepped out?

Can you imagine that, worship leaders?

What would that make possible?

I say we find out.  

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David Santistevan
David is a Worship Pastor at Allison Park Church in Pittsburgh, PA.