One of the questions that I get asked the most is, “As a worship leader, how can I be more confident and effective on a platform?” Great leaders want to continually grow so that we can be more effective.

But there can be a shadow-side to growth if we don’t build on a solid foundation. We can quickly become like a tree with no roots – beautiful until the first gust of wind hits, and we topple over, taking our growth and progress with us.

Identity.

In our culture today, one of the first questions that we ask after someone introduces themselves is, “So, what do you do?” So much of our value seems to be wrapped up in our response to that question. Too often, we let these secondary identities define us. We too easily find ourselves self-evaluating purely on our performance or our achievement.

But that is not how God designed us. We were designed to find our identity in him. This is the first key:

 We must remember where our confidence is – it’s not in “what we do” but it’s in who we are. We are disciples – followers of Jesus FIRST.

­­We are those whom Jesus has called by name. This is our foundation. Every time we take a platform, we can be confident that we are there because Jesus has called us. The Bible is clear, we can be confident that He’s given us what we need.

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and good. 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV84)

God has equipped us with everything that we need. We needn’t let fear grip us. We’re not on our own because we’re not our own. We are His. And it’s His church that He is building.

Now that doesn’t absolve us of responsibility. In fact, it makes what we get to do even more weighty because we realize that every time we step on a platform, we step into the supernatural. The difference is we no longer evaluate ourselves just by how or what we do. Instead, we find our value in our significance in Christ, and what He’s already done for us.

Next time, we’ll talk about the one skill that will produce the most results in our leadership.