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The Not So Great Commission

Jason YostEditor’s Note: This is a guest post from our friend Jason Yost. You can follow Jason on Twitter at @jyost or check out his website here. Many thanks to Jason for sharing this post with us!

Matthew 28:19
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

One of my life mantras is “I want to be careful not to find success in all the wrong things”. Sounds simple, right? Wrong. It’s actually not so simple.

We can all easily find ourselves at times spending loads of energy and sacrificing family, friends, and — if we are not careful — morals, just to “make it”, whatever “it” means.

This is especially dangerous in the Christian Worship Music arena.

Still not sure what I mean?

Read the above scripture again.

Now, I am going to type a current day honest interpretation of what we have made of this verse in today’s “Christian culture”. Ponder this and really think about its transparency in what you have seen, read about, or even partaken in your own walk with Christ.

“Therefore go and make FLAWLESS PRODUCTIONS in all nations, baptizing them in the name of your PERSONAL BRAND, INDIVIDUAL GLORIFICATION, and of the CELEBRITY STATUS.

Every few months or so I check my heart to make sure I am not interpreting my life’s calling based upon this translation. I have made the decision in my own life and career as a worshiper and a leader to get serious, frustrated, consumed, and passionate only about the commands and elements directly found in scripture.

The commands I read that speak specifically to worship and music are: sing a new song, lift your voice, clap your hands, love the Lord your God, love your neighbor as yourself, make disciples, rejoice with others, mourn with others, make a joyful noise, gather as a priesthood of believers.

Notice these commands don’t speak anything about preference, smooth transitions, awkward silences, recording music, becoming a celebrity artist, and leveraging opportunity for your own sake.

The modern day tools and technology that we have today to create environments of worship is mind-blowing and outstanding. I for one love that we can use these tools to express our love and creativity for the Father; however, it’s when these tools become our God and our focus that we have exceedingly missed the mission of the Great Commission.

So check your heart today, evaluate your values and your time consumption. Make sure you are not making great productions and lousy disciples. On the contrary, be sure you are making lasting and loving disciples and incredible productions.

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