Rajasthan hears about the Worship Pastor !
While interviewing the Youth Pastor Sharvik Londhe , we came across his wonderful journey and how he managed to stand against all the odds .
Melvin George : This is the first time I came across a pastor who’s this young. How did the idea of entering the pastoral service come about?
Sharvik Londhe : So 20 years back, which is before my birth – a lady prophesied about God giving my parents a child who will serve God when my mother had not even conceived. And then throughout my bought up may it be parents or pastors, I was always reminded about the purpose of my existence. Which actually made me step into it with complete dedication & passion being 18.
After that, was and is a little tough. Since childhood the lie of having an easy life being a pastor was revealed to me – the true edge but then it challenged me to work even more. They say
“In ministry a man never stops learning”
Hence living it.
What do you think is the work that God is doing in the churches in Maharashtra, especially among the youth?
Young people have a desire to be loved, to be seen and to be heard, regardless of where they are in the world. They’re part of the “now” generation where they get everything instantly, like they’d order [something on a website] and they get it the next day. With Instagram and Facebook, like everything is just “now”.
But I feel young people are real—I feel like they can tell pretty quickly when something isn’t real. And so I feel like they’re after a real relationship with God, not a thing that their parents have taught them, but actually something that they can grab onto for themselves. And I feel genuine faith speaks louder ‘cause it [comes] out of who you are. I think that really ministers to young people.
So it’s like an awakening to the fact that you can have your own personal relationship with God. And it’s not based on works and it’s not based on “I have to be good enough” and “I have to clean this up before I get to come”, but you actually get to come as you are. You get to work it out with God, and He’s the kindest and He’s better than we think. I feel like people have a real stirring in their faith to go, “You know, I want something real; don’t give me the fake stuff, don’t give me the filthy stuff—I want a real relationship with God.” When other people see that, it’s quite attractive. I’ve seen that a whole lot of young people just want what’s real.
There’s always a lot of energy and vibrancy at your live shows. How do you keep people focused on worshiping Jesus, instead of just enjoying the hype and excitement and fun, like a secular concert?
We call it Worship Event, and that is because we are there to worship Jesus. I love that worship isn’t just something that happens on one night when you gather together, but I believe it’s a lifestyle, a lifestyle where you’re constantly going after God, learning who He is and who He says that you are.
We learn all that through a personal relationship with Jesus and we learn that through reading the Bible, and then we have to align our life with the Word of God: what that looks like, how to live that out, and how to live it out in a modern society.
Yes, as a worship leader there is attention drawn to you. Your face might be on the screen but I would hope that I’m totally focused on Jesus. You do kind of have to be an attention-grabber where you go, “Hey guys! Hey guys! Hey guys! Look up here!” and you point up—that’s the job of the worship leader. You need to be able to arrest the brain, to arrest the atmosphere and say, “Hey, this is Who we’re focusing on, this is Who our God is. This is what He’s done for me, this is how good He is and let’s go there.”
So we do want to grab attention, but to quickly deflect it off us [onto Jesus]. We invite Jesus into our heart when we say “Jesus, You’re my Savior, I want You to live inside of me and help me through this life.” So hopefully, people would actually catch that He is inside me, inside of everyone on that platform leading people. It’s the greatest honor.
It’s cool that so many people come to a worship event from all different walks of life. I love that a video we show during the concert could speak to someone who is an amazing technical person that works with computers—that would highlight the greatness of God; they would see something in that. There are just so many cool elements that could speak to different people, and so I love that it’s not just the worship leaders who go on the platform, but it could be the lighting technician and he’s leading the worship through what he’s doing. And it’ll all communicated that “Actually it’s about Jesus”.
What is worship to you?
I’d say worship is a lifestyle. I’d say it’s what we’re called to do. I love that in Romans 12—it’s actually one of my favorite Scriptures, and in many different translations—it talks about bringing your every day life before God, your eating and sleeping, and present it before Him as a living sacrifice. Another version says “holy and pleasing before Him” and that’s our proper worship. Because it’s like, “What can I give God in response to how He gave everything to me even when I didn’t know Him, even when I was like an enemy towards Him? He gave His Son to die on the Cross so that I would find life and it’s not just like a little bit of life, but it’s abundant life; more exuberant than all I could ever ask or imagine.”
I love that in Romans it would say like that is kind of like the only valid response. It’s not even enough, but like we would give every part of ourselves and that’s what worship is. It’s acknowledging someone that’s bigger than yourself in every moment, and that’s how I talk to my family that’s how I talk to my friends. Am I acknowledging God? How do I honor other people? Because I’m doing this in honor of God and that’s the way that I look at my job.
Whether it’s a job that I love or a job that I was just doing to pay off student loans, am I doing it unto God? Because He’s the sovereign God and He’s in control of every season, and He’s allowing the season to be what it is. I love that worship is how we’re called to live, where it’s just so nice because it takes the pressure off of us trying to be the boss and trying to figure out how it all goes.
Worship is recognizing who we are and who God is—it puts Him in His rightful place. I feel like if we have a posture of worship in how we live and it’s our lifestyle then, we’re less likely to get off track as much.