Curtis Zachery on Working With God
- In this Worship Sound Bite CZ brings up the question, “Are we doing things for God, or are we doing things with God?” It’s a question of motive. As in so many things, the heart hides our true motive, only to be seen by God and ourselves.
Curtis Zachery (CZ), the founder of Findrest.org, says he is just a beggar, trying to show other beggars where to find bread (a reference to D.T. Niles’s take on evangelism). CZ’s desire is to bring others to be seen, heard, known and loved through the finished work of Jesus. That is the focus of his ministry.
In this Worship Sound Bite CZ brings up the question, “Are we doing things for God, or are we doing things with God?” It’s a question of motive. As in so many things, the heart hides our true motive, only to be seen by God and ourselves. CZ says, “When we see worship happen in a way that the leader is part of the community, inviting someone into an experience, isn’t simply presenting songs we can sing together, but is entering into that space of elevating who God is together. That’s when we start to see special things happen.” It’s not a distinction that can simply be made through observation, but by experiencing life together as a community of faith.
He also says, “Time is the greatest teller of truth.” Motive is best seen over time as worshipers share life together. And the closeness worshipers develop over time brings a sweet authenticity and honesty to the worship experience.
In his book, Soul Rest, CZ speaks to the American Christian subculture that focuses on a hustle-hard mindset. He says, “What I mean is that there is a current message that the key to our success as Jesus’ followers is to work harder in our effort to make a difference for God.” We do not need to make a difference FOR God but WITH God. The reality is that God doesn’t need our help. He’s got things covered. But, he does WANT our help to make a difference in this world with Him together.
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Christopher Watson is an author of six books, both fiction and non-fiction. He is also a musician and composer with a B.A. in Music from Azusa Pacific University. For several years Christopher led worship at The Springs Church while attending Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas Texas. He's been involved with worship in a number of churches in California and the Pacific Northwest both as a musician and in production and technology. Now he lives and writes in Washington State with his amazing wife, wonderful daughters, and highly intelligent dog, Ellie Mae.