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Getting Fired

And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

Hebrews 8:11 KJV

I am looking forward to the day I get fired. Furthermore, I relish the moment our worship leader gets canned. There will be no greater day then when we are both shown the door and told, “Don’t let it hit you on the way out.” While I’m at it lets send all the deacons to the bread line. Well, I may have gone a little too far with that. Now, let me assure you that neither myself nor our worship leader has done anything so wrong as to the deserve the boot, but the fact remains we both craved the day we get our pink notice. We desperately want to lose our jobs.

In the book of Revelation, we are treated with a look into the future which includes, among many things, some of the most sublime worship services imaginable. Following God’s seventh bowl of judgement, He pronounces, “It is done.” Sin had been fully dealt with. At that moment, a multitude of angels step forward and burst into praise. It is the only time in all the Bible that the word hallelujah is recorded. Imagine the blended harmonies of that massive angelic choir. Not one is them is off key while hitting notes that we didn’t know existed. They sing hallelujah to the salvation, glory, and power of our God. The saints of the Old and New Testament, along with all of creation, are overwhelmed by the scene and respond, “Amen, hallelujah!” Then a single voice near the throne of God commands all to fear and honor the one true Sovereign. What is moment, what a scene!

In that day no preacher will be needed, and no worship leader will be required. The great Shepherd of the flock will appear and all under shepherds will lay down their duties. The angels of glory will lead worship and we will all fall before his throne. We will not need the encouragement of a human being because worship will be spontaneous and joyous. Words on the screen are then unnecessary. Bibles will not need to be opened because we will be in the presence of the word of God Himself. We will no longer walk by faith because we will see him who died for us. The prophet Daniel saw the glory of God and fell as a dead man. John had to be helped to his feet when the risen Christ appeared to him. Paul was blinded by the light on the road to Damascus. The only thing that will keep us on our feet when we see Him is the fact that we are in our heavenly body.

Both myself and our worship leader love what we do. In fact, all those who labor on staff and elsewhere at our church do so because they love Christ. The joy and privilege of being in a place of leadership is the greatest honor of our lives. And yet, none of this can be compared when we stand side-by-side with the redeemed in glory. I am looking forward to getting fired because it will mean that I will be standing before the all-consuming fire of Christ Jesus. Until then, I’ll be getting ready for next week’s sermon.


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