Jesus wasn't a rockstar; Jesus washed feet
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves – Romans 12:10
On tour do your job first, then look to help others. If you find yourself finishing early, learn something new! Remember, the job is done when everyone is done (taken from NLM's current Team Covenant)
A No Longer Music tour can be a trying experience to say the least. It's physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting! One of our key philosophies is that “no one is done, until we are all done”. This core philosophy relates mostly to the setup and pack down of our equipment.
Ultimately, this rule is about serving. Jesus commanded that we serve each other but he didn't just talk about serving, he demonstrated it with his life.
In John 13, we see Jesus taking on the lowest position possible in that culture. It was the lowliest servant that was charged with washing the feet of guests that entered the master’s home. For any guest, let alone Jesus to stoop this low was unthinkable! Embarrassing even!
In fact, embarrassment is the reaction the disciples had as Jesus bent down and began to wash their feet. But Jesus wanted to make it abundantly clear that the those who wanted to be great needed to be least.
This is a radical departure from a world where brash self-promotion and self-worship is the accepted norm. Artist and musicians are perhaps the worst example of this today – and quite frankly they’re given a free pass. We almost expect artists to behave as gods, and to expect these “gods” to stoop down and wash the feet of those around them is laughable.
As artists and followers of Jesus we want to reject the ways of the world. We want to serve each other. A big way we serve each other is by remembering the job is done when everyone is done. This means not caring only about the small world you operate in but seeing your bandmates, crew, and helpers as literal extensions of your own body.
Paul beautifully describes how we ought to interact with one another in Romans 12: 3-5
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
If they are tired – you are tired. If they are stressed – you are stressed. When they are struggling – you are struggling.
Helping your light guy wrap some cables, or your bass player carry his amp may seem like a small act, but on a 4 month, 50 show tour it’s these small acts of service, this decision to see outside of yourself that makes all the difference.
You want a cohesive, unified team? Be willing to wash each others feet!