I don't know Bob Kauflin well, in fact, I don't know him at all.
I did have a brief conversation with him once, standing in line waiting for a coffee at a conference about 4 years ago, he also smiled pleasantly at me at another conference we were both at recently, but I don't think that counts. What I was impressed with though, was his humble and approachable demeanour, along with his taste in coffee!
I recently read through an article (you can find it here) where Bob was interviewed on a number of factors that have influenced his development as a worship leader in the church. The whole interview was great, but one particular response caught my attention.
When asked, "If you could only give one piece of advice to a growing worship leader, what would it be?", Bob replied with startling clarity.
There is nothing more amazing, more transforming, more clarifying, more motivating, than understanding what Jesus accomplished on Calvary and how God revealed himself to us through Christ. Glorying in the gospel is a never ending source of comfort, security, power, wonder, joy, hope, and faith.
And while his response was right on the mark for worship leaders, it occurred to me, that far more people than worship leaders need to grasp this truth.
Preachers who worship over the Word; ushers who worship in serving the church; cleaners, seat packers, sound engineers, children ministry workers, the old lady who volunteers to come in and mind the kids while young Mums meet for Bible study—we all need to hear this, no, not just hear this, grab hold of this. This is the one piece of advice we all desperately need, because we are all worshipers.
So no matter who you are, pursue the gospel, grab a hold of it, cling to it, treasure it, glory in it.