I am reminded of this blog from seven years ago, as I prepare to be a part of a commissioning service for people called into ministry. I am reminded over and over that our assignment is about preparing a bride.
I envision the role of a worship leader similar to Abraham’s servant in Genesis 24 who was commissioned by his master to find and prepare a bride for his son Isaac. Abraham bestowed gifts on the servant in order that the servant would lavish them on the bride-to-be. Abraham entrusted him with the task of finding her, giving her gifts, and securing her heart for Isaac.
I’m sure the servant looked rather decked-out and wealthy as he traveled into town with Abraham’s many camels. He himself may have even looked attractive with his determined demeanor. Maybe the servant himself was a single man who hadn’t married and needed a wife as well. I don’t know.
Several things you don’t see in this servant is a desire to flirt with the bride-to-be. He doesn’t flatter her with stories about himself, or spread his fame using the position he has been given. …
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