Sunday, April 20, 2008

Skin Deep

If we are going to make an impact for the Kingdom in this earth, then our lives and ministries must be a reflection of this. It is more comfortable for some people to stay in fellowship with the group of people that they can most easily identify with. This can also serve as a hinderance for us.

In order for us to obey the mandate to go into all the world, we have to familiarize ourselves with different cultures and people. We can do this through broadening our musical horizons, taking cultural dance classes, watching the Global news, reading books, etc. Beyond that, there are daily things that we can do to become more culturally aware. Our personal friendships should include people who do not share our same ethnic backgrounds. Our worship experiences must be beyond what we do in our home churches.

All we have to do is look around us to see that the Lord loves diversity. If we are going to be effective in dance and ministry beyond our own neighborhoods and churches, then we must move out of the comfort zone. There may be many ways to Praise the Lord, but ultimately, we will all bow before our Great and Mighty King!

Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

1 Chronicles 16:24 (NKJV)
Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.

Psalm 86:9 (NKJV)
All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.

Matthew 24:14 (NKJV)
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

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