One of my music teachers in Bible college wisely said, “Humility doesn’t mean looking like you don’t know what you’re doing.” In other words, some of us church music guys were so determined not to be fake in the pulpit that our attempts at authenticity ended up looking to others like insecurity.

My teacher would remind us that a speaker who is insecure only makes the entire group he’s addressing insecure as well. Music leaders serve best when they’re able to be confident, even if they don’t always feel confident for whatever reason. And confidence that’s rooted in God’s undeserved grace and gifts for his glory is not arrogance.

So this article (“Brothers, We are Not Sisters“) was a helpful reminder of this. I’m not going to take the time to discuss the role of women in music ministry here, a question which lacks no variety of answers. But for men who’ve been asked to fill some leadership role, we need not approach public ministry with self-conscious timidness or step up to the pulpit with our tails between our legs. Knowing that God has accepted us in the Beloved (Eph. 1), and that we are complete in him (Col. 2:10), we can be ambassadors for Christ and appeal our fellow believers as if in Christ’s stead (2 Cor. 5:16-21).