e l y t S s u s e J BY NANCY NETHERCOTT
alled to Soul Care…? What kind of calling is that? How does caring for my own soul help me as a worship leader? Aren't my giftings and callings supposed to assist me in things like planning and leading worship, being more competent as a musician or technician, or being able to better shepherd the congregation? Undoubtedly, the giftings and callings of worship leaders are varied and numerous, and many of them are aptly focused on WHAT we DO. But, God also calls us to BE, as we are continually transformed into the likeness of Christ. Scriptures like Romans 8:29, 2 Corinthians 3:18, and Philippians 3:20-21 tell us that God is calling us to be conformed or transformed into the image of God's Son and that it is the Holy Spirit's work in us that accomplishes this. But, we don't just sit by idly and wait for this transformation to happen, we need to develop habits that take care of our souls so that the Holy Spirit can do that transforming work in us. The outcome is not only a more holistically healthy YOU, but a more holistically healthy church.
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WHAT DID JESUS DO? In Matthew 14:13-23, Jesus modeled Soul Care for us when He took time for silence, prayer, and solitude. Jesus stole away from the crowds and even from His disciples at important times, like before and after intense periods of ministry, before essential decisions needed to be made. He valued the time alone with His Father…needed that time to refresh, regroup, ask for wisdom and discernment, pray for His followers, and pray for enemies. We can learn from the model Christ lived out for us concerning Soul Care through intentional times of pulling away and entering into silence, solitude, and prayer…time to be still (Psalm 46:10) and able to hear the gentle whisper of God (1 Kings 19). We can also learn from Jesus' use of Scripture in various contexts that He had spent time to understand and know the Word deeply as it applied to all of life. Yeh, sure, Jesus had a hand in writing those Scriptures, so He already knew them, but the model He gave is that they are important enough to