When we move out of the way, the Holy Spirit can do anything. The work of God doesn't hinge on our performance, or our ability to do ministry effectively. Really, we aren't doing effective ministry if we aren't constantly partnered with Christ. It's not everyday that I am reminded of this reality, but this weekend I was.
I have recently filled a gap in our high school ministry leading worship. This job is something that I have a passion for, but musically do lack knowledge that I should have. This last weekend we brought back the full band for the first time in two months or so. If you have ever gone to work on the first day of a new job, you most likely can understand what I was feeling. Walking into the situation ready for something challenging, something a tad overwhelming, something that I'm beyond excited to work on but nervous of how I would do. Luckily for me, pretty much all of my fears happened at once, so it's only looking up from here. Technical difficulties and a rushed schedule because of it made me pretty sure I was in over my head.
Luckily, God doesn't care how over our head we are. God takes what we give and makes it effective. Once the service started, everything was fine. From my perspective, it was more than fine. It was great. We're there still mistakes? Yeah. But was Jesus worshipped? Absolutely. That's all that mattered.
It was a reminder to me that Jesus doesn't need perfect people to lead. He doesn't need people that never make mistakes. If He did, He would have some trouble finding them. All Jesus needs is His servants to partner with the Holy Spirit. I tend to lose sight of that reality especially when I feel unable to accomplish the task. But once you get out of the way, God will work in ways that we can't manufacture ourselves.