Leeland is a worship leader and songwriter known for his 2006 debut album “The Sound of Melodies” and his most recent release “Christ Be All Around Me Live”. He is passion-filled and a dynamic worshiper, both on and off the stage. Leeland (and guitarist Casey Moore) recently shared their stories about what God has been teaching them while ministering at local churches all over the world. Read the full story and watch the live worship session below.
God has been speaking to us lately about identity and who we are in Christ – about starting to live like sons. Each day, we’re becoming more aware of what it is to receive God’s love, so that we can become the very love of God to the people we encounter.
Recently, we played in Houston. When we were finished for the evening, I had a chance to stay and talk with people, and the last person there was a sweet kid who had a sad demeanour about him. So I just sat and talked with him about all that he had been pondering, and I had the opportunity to speak some truth about his identity and who he really is.
When it comes down to it, our identity must be in nothing else but that God loves us.
Anything other than that is a lesser identity because it can be shaken. So if I place my identity in my gifting or what people say about me, all of that can be taken away – it can be shaken, because it’s not a sturdy foundation. When my identity is anchored in the fact that God loves me so much that He sent His only Son to the world to redeem me, and to make me His treasured son, then that’s solid ground to stand on. And that assurance can never be taken away from us – not height nor depth, principalities or tribulations, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
That’s what God has been speaking to us about and what we’ve been trying to write songs about.
So that night in Houston, I just started pouring my heart out to this kid about how much God loves him, that he is a valued son who could receive that great love if he wanted to. I simply started speaking to him about his identity in Christ.
There’s a scripture in 1 Corinthians that says “Love believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
So, when we see people, we should always see them for their value in Christ.
We should no longer hold to our first impressions of people or carry offense towards anyone. Every time we talk to someone, we should see them as God’s child, whether they know it or not. And we should speak to them in that way. As I sat there talking to this kid about how much God loves him, I could see the tears well up in his eyes as he tried to comprehend and digest everything I was saying. His whole demeanor changed.
It’s amazing what happens when you start treating people as sons and daughters of God. You know, we have been traveling and playing in churches all over the country as well as internationally. But that night, I had the honor of sitting and praying with that one kid and it is one of the more significant things that has happened to me recently.
What are some truths about your identity in Christ? Please share your declarations in the comments below.