Don’t Worship The Work


Oswald Chambers, in My Utmost For His Highest, says,

Beware of any work for God that causes or allows you to avoid concentrating on Him.”

As worship leaders our primary “work” is planning, rehearsing, and executing spaces for worship for our congregations. This includes arranging music and crafting Sunday Setlists and worship sets for our services and then recruiting and scheduling volunteers (in most cases) to lead worship.

We talk a lot about worship here on The Worship Community, and we LOVE to focus on what it all means and who it’s all for, but we also know that sometimes, we can get so involved in the details, that we miss the purpose.

We can miss the Creator, because we’re so wrapped up in creating. We can miss the One who is worthy of our worship, because we’re so focused on “crafting” the spaces for worship.

Let’s not get wrapped up in the details, so much that we lose our God focus.

Chambers goes on to say,

The only concern of Christian workers should be their concentration on God. This will mean that all the other boundaries of life, whether they are mental, moral, or spiritual limits, are completely free with the freedom God gives His child; that is, a worshiping child, not a wayward one.

Basically, he’s saying that when we keep the main thing the main thing, everything else falls into place. But when we decide to get so engrossed in the minutia of our “work”- without any primary focus on God – we get trapped and bound by our work. It becomes a drudgery and we will quickly burn out.

The good news is that we ARE God’s fellow workers (in the Kingdom work), so it’s ok to approach your work with all your might, as long as you keep Him as your primary focus.


Russ Hutto is the Associate Director of Worship & Media at St. Simons Community Church where he mentors, oversees and helps lead Family and Student worship environments. He is also the content curator and editor here at The Worship Community.