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Well Done

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tn Testimony Service wide tHi! My name is Danielle! Most people call me “Dani”. Last month (May 2012) marked two years that I’ve been a member at Metropolitan. I started attending after I moved back to the MD area from Atlanta, GA. When I started to pray about where I should start going to church, I felt God directing me to attend Metro. Honestly, I felt like Metro wouldn’t be a good fit for me. “I only know a few people.”  “I’m not outgoing so I’d get lost in the crowd.”  “It’s not down the street.” “ I’m the most Americanized West Indian EVER so I won’t really fit in.”  These are all thoughts that went through my head. However, I decided to be obedient and head for Hyattsville the next morning.

I was super late but made it just in time for the second special music and a sermon by Pastor Edwards. As I sat in the pew, I felt the Holy Spirit telling me that I needed to continue my involvement in ministry and that it needed to start at Metro. By the end of the sermon, I was standing for an appeal made for people to get involved in service. After the benediction, I made a beeline for Pastor B and said I wanted to transfer my membership and join the church. She was THRILLED!  So, now I knew where I’d be of service but how would I serve? My aforementioned thoughts hadn’t changed. I was just being obedient to the Holy Spirit.

In the following months, I observed the service from the fellowship hall. I would sneak out shortly after benediction and didn’t make much of an effort to be visible even though I knew I was supposed to serve. It wasn’t until my cousin Jeuelle asked me to sing on the praise team for Christmas Sabbath 2010 that my involvement at Metro really began. I became a part of Jasmine Brann’s praise team. The next month, I was introduced to Metro Praiz and the rest is history. It’s really been a blessing to be a part of such a great ministry. There have also been a couple reminders that I’ve noted while being involved in music at Metro:

1. God can place you in a ministry/service to not only use you but also save you.

God has used the music ministry at Metro as a tool to keep me in church. Both God and I knew that if I wasn’t a part of a ministry, there was no way I was going to continue attending a church. Music ministry has given me an avenue to publically share my love for Christ in song, grow as a musician, meet inspiring fellow Christians and actively work on conquering my stage fright. It’s truly a humbling experience to see God move with such intention just to save me.

2. God can place you in ministry/service to prepare you.

Music ministry has kept me in church and it has also positioned me to be able really observe and learn so much more from the sermons. I tend to be a lot more focused when I’m sitting on the front row of the sanctuary with the praise team as opposed to the back row of the fellowship hall. Listening to the sermons, as well as observing the example set by our pastors, inspired me to be more relentless in understanding the vision and purpose God placed on my life. I knew God had more in mind for my ministry beside music. I now know exactly what God has put me on this earth to do. So in a way, my involvement in music ministry served as God’s facilitating agent in preparing and helping me realize my future contribution to society! Crazy, right??

3. God can place you in ministry/service to refine you.

Being a part of a ministry at Metro has allowed me to see the excellent spirit displayed through many of the members. Throughout the Beast for the Kingdom series, I kept hearing Pastor Johns share that David did things with “an excellent spirit” (Daniel 6:3). That was a crucial take away for me.  The Beast series was done with an excellent spirit. The Mali Music concert was done with an excellent spirit.  In terms of music ministry, our praise & worship teams consistently lead the congregation with such excellent spirits.  Proverbs 27:17 says “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” When everyone around you is striving to serve and please God with an excellent spirit, it’s hard not to do the same! While it’s important to work for the Lord and not man, still make the effort to work with all your heart (Col. 3:23).  At the end of the day, it’s crucial to please God with your best! I’d never want the devil to give me a standing ovation because my service to God was perfectly mediocre. I’m now fully aware that no matter how uncomfortable it might be, God deserves the best of me gift wrapped in an excellent spirit.

Whatever God has placed on your heart to do, do it to the best of your ability! If you don’t know what you’re supposed to do, ask Him! He’ll tell you. God has a work for each of us. Even if your ministry starts with something as simple as praying for divine appointments with people you can share God’s love with, do it!!! Sometimes, a big hug and kiss from you is the entire sermon a person may need to get through the next week. I imagine that being obedient in ministry and service to God is like speaking to Him in His love language. That’s kind of awesome when you think about it. Nothing says “I love you, God!” like being obedient and giving your life back to Him for His service. So on Sabbaths, I may sing in front of many of you but it's truly to please One. When it's all over, I really just want to hear Him say, "Well done!" 

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[from the editor] As mentioned, you can hear Danielle sing at Metro at least twice a month - with Jasmine's praise team and with Metro Praiz.  And...here's a little clip for you right now.  :-)

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