In the month of April, I was fortunate enough to witness Travis Greene live in concert in London. Now if you have ever heard any of his songs, trust me when I say hearing him live is an experience not to be missed! As well as being a highly talented and professional musician, it came across to me that this man is evidently a worshiper. So as it usually is when you see someone famous, there’s that initial urge to pull out your phone and upload your live videos and pictures onto your social media platform of choice – not forgetting the hashtag of course (in our case #travisgreenelondon17). But it got to a point in the concert, where it was no longer a performance being given, but a ministration. A point where you literally forgot about yourself, your phone and your hashtags, and just couldn’t help but lift up your hands in worship. Yes we danced, we jumped, we sang, but we also prayed, received a word of knowledge and gave glory to God. Honestly it was a night to remember. It don’t think anyone left the building feeling the same way they came in. Driving home that night my friends, we were so pumped, reminiscing the highlights of the concert and bursting into an impromptu chorus of song every now and then. The next day, the experience still felt so fresh! It was like I was on a high and wasn’t ready to come down anytime soon! For about a week, I’d replay “The Hill” album to relive the experience over again. But after about two weeks, after getting back into my normal routine, the excitement had passed, and it was almost as if I was back to business as usual.
I’m sure this is something most of us can relate too. Almost like when you’ve just attended a Christian conference and left feeling like you can overcome the world. But after a while, the words of the speaker aren’t as strong in your mind anymore, and you find yourself almost back in the same state you once were.
So what do we do when the “music fades”, and the amazing encounter we had feels like a distant memory? Do we go searching for another gig or event to give us that “high” we once experienced?
Well one scripture that has been on my mind recently is John 15:4, where God calls us to “remain” or “abide” in Him. I am certain that if we made this our lifestyle, then attending these events would merely be the cherry on the cake of a continual high that we are already experiencing. Going to a Christian concert or conference can never be a replacement for our own personal one-on-one time with God. Things like taking time out to pray every day, meditating on God’s Word and just spending time with Him are all actions that will help us remain in the Lord. If we truly adopted a lifestyle of worship in all that we do, imagine how charged up we would be when we came to fellowship together?! The presence of God would be so strong!
So in attending these events, I believe we should see them as a highlight to our walk with God, not necessarily the only thing we rely on the keep us going. If we just live for the hype, then we will always end up back on square one. If we commit to living by John 15:4, then when the last song is sung, the band stops playing and the curtains are drawn, the music never has to fade.
Ashley BA is currently a worship leader at KICC Praise Tabernacle. Having previously been part of worship bands including DTWG and Simply Vessels, she has a passion for ministering in song and leading others to exhault the name of God.