In this video, Matt Blackwell teaches on the importance of leading out in ministry with a soul that is being fed.
Here are a few of Matt’s main points:
- “It’s really hard to lead people to a place that you haven’t been.”
- “Some of you are leading out in ministry, but your soul is very near being shriveled up spiritually”
Matt Blackwell: Take heed of yourself while you are feeding other people music, while you’re feeding other people worship, while you are leading them to the very throne of God, while you are preparing sermons and striping a mic to your shirt so that you can talk about Jesus, but you aren’t walking with Jesus. Be very, very careful here.
I’m gonna venture and guess that in a room this size, there are some that are leading out in ministry, but your soul is very near being shriveled up spiritually. It’s part of the rhythms of ministry. It’s not necessarily that God is calling you out of ministry, but be very careful in these seasons because we can get in this weird sort of vocational hazard because Sundays come with alarming regularity.
About every six or seven days it’s another Sunday, and we’ve got to stand up and elicit some sort of emotional response. We’ve got to find something that may not even be there. We’re living one way and then all of a sudden we stand in front of people, and they’re expecting us to – and we’re called to – lead them to Jesus, but we haven’t been with Jesus. It’s really hard to lead people to a place that you haven’t been, but part of our calling is saying, “Go do that again.” And you do that week after week, month after month, year after year. Soon, you’re twenty years into ministry, and that’s been your pattern, and you’re in a very dangerous position.