Sunday, March 2, 2008

It Wasn't the Nails...

We must be careful when coming up with "the rules" of movement ministry. The Lord's will and design for us is precise and exact. Is there ever a time that we should sacrifice our personal sense of style for the sake of the ministry?

For the Ladies: Are your fancy fingernails a distraction to the message that you are trying to deliver? Do you ever consider your hairstyle just as relevant to the ministry as the music and garments? Bright green and blue designs on our fingernails may lead to the admiration of our peers, but this may very well be a hinderance to the message. Do you want the hear someone compliment your "nice nails," right after you minister and have nothing else to say? I pray not.

For the Gentlemen: What role does your hair play in ministry? Do you favor fanciful designs or colorful personal expressions with your hair or earlobes? Do you try to hide that tongue ring while you are dancing so that no one will notice it? Is there anything that you are doing right now that brings more attention to you and less to God?

Nail artwork, facial piercings, neck tattoos and hair art may be interesting subjects of conversation and may be very creative; however, when the message of the cross is overshadowed by "us," we are doing a disservice to the ministry. We must seek the Lord earnestly concerning how He wants our temples adorned. There will be no greater satisfaction than hearing the words "Well done!"

Romans 6: 11-13 (NKJV)
"Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God."

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