Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bending and Stretching... the Truth

There is a temptation to over-exaggerate or over-emphasize our accomplishments. This may not start off as an outright goal, but once we begin to realize our impact as dance ministers, the opportunity will present itself. This was Lucifer's problem. He began to get his own "fan club" (he was the President of it) and decided that he would mark his importance by placing himself in a position that did not belong to him. He quickly lost that bid for the Throne for eternity...

For example, some people want to lay claim to being the "Founder" of liturgical dance, or the "Pioneer" of movement ministry. That position was already taken by Miriam in Exodus 15:20. Others mark their territories by announcing to be "first" to accomplish a big feat or that they have the "largest" whatever. Often this information can be found in the bio of a movement minister, on the ministry website, or in print media. When we look at our own ministry bios (and photos), who is really getting the honor?

There is nothing wrong with honoring one another as long as we do not make another person an idol in our eyes. When we internalize this honor and begin to praise ourselves, then we open the door to pride, arrogance, and competition. Humilty will keep us in the place of promotion. Let us all do a self-survey today concerning our printed biographies, websites, and online photo albums. If there is more of "us" than Him, then we must take the time to adjust these areas so that the Lord is in First Place.

1 Samuel 2:3 (NKJV)
Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance come from your mouth, for the LORD is the God of knowledge; And by Him actions are weighed.

Proverbs 27:2 (NKJV)
Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

Romans 12:16 (NKJV)
Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

James 4:16 (NKJV)
But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

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