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The Invisible Man

 

 
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Author: Brent Dyer
 
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Posted February 13, 2017 by

I

have a confession to make.  I’m about to be transparent.  The words I’m about to say will allow you to see right through me.

Sometimes I feel . . . invisible.

It seems no matter how many goals I achieve, no matter how much “success” I seem to attain, how much is in my bank account, how many people work for me, how big my church is, how many sing in my choir, how many songs I write . . . there are times I feel invisible.

For many years this feeling of “invisibility” made me do crazy things.  It was the singular driving force in my life.  I needed to be “seen.”  It influenced the people I chose to be in relationship with, it determined what college I attended, it drove my career decisions . . . this need was everything to me. 

Only, I didn’t know I felt invisible.

As I reflect back, I realize this feeling was safe.  I liked this feeling, because it allowed me to expose only the parts of me I wanted seen.  If you’re invisible and no one really “sees” you, you have the power to expose certain parts of yourself to those around you, and the power to hide other parts.  Yes, there was safety in invisibility. 

The only problem with this way of living is . . .  it isn’t what God intended.  Jesus didn’t die so I could hide from people around me.  I wasn’t created to be invisible.  God didn’t paint me with disappearing ink, and I wasn’t saved to build walls.

Funny.  It turns out I was never really invisible at all.  Many people around me saw more than I thought.  And as cliché as it sounds . . . Jesus knew me, saw me, even loved me.  Yet I was a worship pastor, leading people every week, and didn’t have a clue that Jesus actually saw me and chose to love me anyway. 

My Bible says I am “fearfully, and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).  My Bible says God has plans to “prosper and not harm” (Jeremiah 29:11).  My Bible says God is for me, not against me (Romans 8:31).  My Bible says I’m a child of the King, an heir to the Throne (Romans 8:17).

Worship Leader, you are not invisible, either.  Don’t believe the lies Satan whispers in your ear.  Your value is not determined by the size of your congregation.  Your worth is not equal to the square footage of your home.  Your success is not determined by number one hits.  You are called, equipped, blessed, and worthy.  You are a child of the King, an heir to the Throne. 

As artists, many times we are all guilty of believing our “art” is who we are.  For years I believed my worth as a person and worship leader was dependent on the product I produced. 

Wrong.  Not even close.  I want to let you in on a secret.  God, and our congregation, doesn’t really care about what we do on stage when they don’t know our hearts.  Really know our hearts.  Not the part we want them to see.  Not the part we choose to expose.  Our congregations and teams are looking for leaders who are transparent, not invisible.  The world is looking for believers who “see” them, not their actions, words, or decisions.  Our communities are seeking Christ followers who remember that Jesus “saw” the woman at the well, he didn’t allow her choices to define her.  Those you lead in worship need to be reminded that Jesus had dinner with the invisible, he healed those the world didn’t see, and he died for “least of these.”

Want to hear something ironic?  The more transparent I become with people, the less invisible I feel.  The more I tear down the walls I’ve built around my heart, the more that space is filled with genuine relationship, acceptance, and love.  I’m learning the people I lead in worship don’t need perfection.  They don’t need a great lead line, smooth transition, or sick guitar solo.  They need a transparent worship leader who is honest about his hurts, struggles, victories, and journey.

The people we lead in worship every week need to know we “see” them as well.  Our teams need to know they are more than guitars, keyboards, and voices.  Our church needs to know they are called, equipped, blessed, and worthy.  Speak this truth over them on Sunday.  Let them know they are not invisible men and women.  They are children of the King.

Brent is the Worship Pastor at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, where he leads a multifaceted, multicultural ministry, including a 250 voice choir, bands, orchestra and more. He and his wife, Jill, have two children and love that God allows them to teach people about loving Jesus.


10 Comments


  1.  
    drita

    So worship leaders are men?I think the article is great but there are assumptions that communicate loudly about who WE are. #exclusivity




  2.  
    Chef La
     
     
     
     
     

    This is what drew me to the CFBC Choir and worship team “The Heart” of their worship. “What comes from the heart, ministers to the heart” and allows the love of Christ to find it’s way in.

    Thanks so much for sharing your heart with the body of Christ Brent.




  3.  
    Gina Cosby
     
     
     
     
     

    Brent has such a way with words. I loved reading this and being reminded that we need to “see” others the way Jesus does if we profess to follow Him. I am so blessed to be s part of the CFBC choir under Brent’ s leadership.




  4.  
    Mary L. Tempton

    FEELING the heart of God in the hearts of His children is acquired through close communion with Him. He allows this reaction so that His children can offer comfort to each other in order to combat pain, and praise to each other in victorious times.
    How He must be rejoicing that you are growing in Grace, and the boldness to share your invisible nature with fellow Believers. Praise God that you are allowing Him to mold your spirit into the Worship leader He wants you to be! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!




  5.  
    Dan Brown
     
     
     
     
     

    More than not, we need to show the world that we have faults and make mistakes on a daily basis. They do not need to see us Christians as robots. What an example we become when we show we are “human” but that when tough times come, we know He supplies the peace and strength!

    Great article with so many truths……




  6.  
    Benny Sanders
     
     
     
     
     

    I have observed Brent on stage leading worship, I have seen him in smaller settings singing a solo, I have seen him ministering to one of his choir members in a very special personal way, he and his family. No, he is not invisible, but he is transparent. Praise the Lord. He has displayed the love of God in a very special way to so many members of the congregation. How many of us are really aware of the good he does in the life of individuals.




  7.  
    John Parker
     
     
     
     
     

    Well spoken, Brent. One of the biggest factors (in my opinion) in the overall decline of mainline churches across our country is this lack of genuine, authentic and transparent living by “church folks”. The gap between what we “believe” and what we “do” is often too vast for the unchurched to navigate. People see right through ‘pretend church’ and want no part of it…..

    Thanks for the great article, Brent!

    John Parker




  8.  
    Amy
     
     
     
     
     

    As a keyboard player at my church, I found this to be very genuine article and was able to relate to what Mr. Dyer was saying. In respect to him, my own Worship Leader and all Worship Leaders of the world, the more transparent WE are to those we serve with, the more relational we become, not just with ourselves but learn to be that way with others around us, including our own families. Thank you for taking the time to write this article. And thank you for being transparent and reminding us that God truly loves us – as we ARE Children of the King!




  9.  
    Holly Darrah
     
     
     
     
     

    That is my worship pastor. For whom, to God, I am grateful! I have been honored to serve under his leadership and watch him become as Christ within.





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