I recently attended an event featuring my favorite band, Hillsong United. For me, they are currently the pinnacle of Christian music and creativity. I love everything they do. And I believe in it, because their hearts for Jesus Christ are so evident.
In my own artwork and my own music, I often find myself emulating them. Usually more subtly than blatantly, but my design friends will often smile and acknowledge Hillsong's influence on my creativity.
From a worship leading perspective, I have a great amount of respect and admiration for Hillsong United’s leader, Joel Houston. He has written many of their “hits,” including “The Stand” and “From the Inside Out.” He oversees all the creative processes and seems to be blessed with an unending supply of great worship songs. And as I was reminded at the event recently, he’s just a great worship leader. He’s pure-hearted and humble, and his heart for Jesus Christ is so evident in the way he leads worship.
Basically he’s a super-charged version of what I want to be. I want to be that creative, I want to be that Spirit-led, I want to be that respected, that influential!
But God, in His gracious love for me, said something to me at that Hillsong event that brought me conviction, encouragement and peace: “Don’t try to be like Joel Houston. Try to be like me.”
That’s the secret! That’s the secret to finding fulfillment in life! Not trying to be like someone else, but rather trying to be like Jesus Christ. Jesus, who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:6)