Conversation: Sarah Reeves
Minister where you are
Sarah Reeves was 15 years old when she radically encountered
God at a youth camp. She knew she was being called to be a worship leader, so
she bloomed where she was planted at her home church of Calvary Assembly
(Decatur, Ala.) and began to sharpen her skills through the Assemblies of God’s
Fine Arts Festival.
Now a debut Sparrow recording artist, Reeves believes God is
calling her to be more than just a songwriter and singer — she is an
advocate and intercessor for her generation. As Reeves, 19, embarked on the
release of her first album, Sweet Sweet Sound, Jerilyn Osborn spoke with her
about how God is shaping her path to inspire a generation to take hold of His
OSBORN: How did Fine Arts Festival help you sharpen your
REEVES: It definitely challenged me and showed me that I
still had a lot of room to grow musically. It was not always easy receiving
negative feedback from the judges, but I learned from their constructive
OSBORN: What lessons have you carried from Fine Arts to your
REEVES: I’ve learned that God is my true judge. I have come
to realize that if I get first place or last, if I make it on the charts or I
don’t, none of that matters. What matters is that I give God my best, and He
receives the honor and glory.
OSBORN: When did you realize music could be your career?
REEVES: Growing up in a family of musicians, I always knew
that music would be my life. I really started getting serious about it when God
called me to be a worship leader at age 15. It turned my whole focus from
wanting to be a rock star to leading people into the arms of Jesus and giving
OSBORN: Lots of students already know that they have a
calling for ministry. What advice would you give on how to deploy their gifts
and talents now to minister where God has them?
REEVES: Make your every step a platform to minister to the
lost and broken. There is always someone watching you, whether you realize it
or not. Your life is an open opportunity to use the gifts God has given you to
OSBORN: How can students begin to develop the mind-set of
“where you are is your mission field?”
REEVES: You don’t have to go overseas to be a missionary.
There are people who surround you every day who need to know the love of Jesus.
He has called you to be that voice and to be His hands and feet. Don’t take
where God has placed you for granted, because you can make a difference
wherever you are.
OSBORN: What have you found to be the most rewarding part of
REEVES: It is so rewarding to see people worshipping Jesus
with tears running down their faces singing the songs that God birthed in my
heart. I love being a part of the Holy Spirit’s moving and changing people’s
OSBORN: How has God used some of your fans to minister to
REEVES: We were playing on New Year’s Eve, and I remember
seeing a girl in the crowd crying. After it was over, she walked over to me. I
thought I was going to be the one to minister to her, but she actually gave me
a word that the Lord had told her to give me. It was so refreshing to see how
God is raising up leaders in this generation who are not ashamed to obey His
Sarah Reeves will be a special guest and workshop speaker at
the Orland09 National Youth Convention.
Selected from On Course magazine, Orland09 edition, August
2009. Used with permission.
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