One of the most daunting tasks for anyone involved behind the scenes is being motivated while receiving little or no appreciation. Every week you are the first to arrive and the last to leave. You serve diligently with humility; you serve God’s Kingdom, not your own. However, as time goes by it is easy to become discouraged. We have all been there, some of us are there now, others are on their way. How can we combat this? In Colossians Paul addresses this:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24
How awesome of a verse? This verse should be applied to every aspect of our lives, but we tend to only quote it during the times we need encouragement. I urge you to take this verse to heart in your lives. Impress it upon your heart that you are serving the Lord, not men. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t serve others, it means that you should seek glorification from the Father.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11
The gospels show Christ’s humility. He created this world and came down from heaven’s glory for us. From his birth to his death, he was a servant. He even washed His disciples feet. What a beautiful picture of servanthood to follow. Please understand that as you are behind worship, you are serving Christ. Remember Colossians–do it as if you were doing it for the Lord.