Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cross it Out

We must all take up our crosses daily. The absence of dancing is a sign of mourning. If we are to rejoice the the Lord always, He will turn our mourning into dancing! Whatever our cross may be, it is not a place of comfort or satisfaction. When the heat is turned up, that is the time that we must endure so that the pure treasure inside of us will be revealed.

Some of the external "crosses" in dance ministry can include negative dance ministry members, sabotaging actions, lack of ministry support, competition, rivalry, verbal assaults, blacklisting, slander, and the like. Internal "crosses" can include self-condemnation, sin, shame, defeat, faithlessness, and more. When we commit our lives into the Lord's care, he will give us the strength we need.

The cross is a powerful visual symbol for many, and is often used in dance ministry presentations. Whether made of wood, sewn on a flag, or painted on a banner, we must lift Jesus up so that men can be drawn to Him. Let each one of us continue to bear the burden and be strengthened for the journey ahead.

Matthew 16:24 (NKJV)
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Mark 10:21 (NKJV)
Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

Luke 14:27 (NKJV)
And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

Galatians 6:14 (NKJV)
But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

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