Monday, July 7, 2008

Making a Name for Yourself

Many desire a famous name in ministry, but do not want to accomplish the work that it takes to get there. Marketing, television shows, and public appearances do not make a name that will endure. The name of Jesus is known throughout the world because of what He did when He was on this earth. If He would not have been obedient in ministry and endured the cross, His name would not have the impact that is does throughout the generations. A name can also become infamous through scandal. This is not the type of situation in which we want to find ourselves.

Movement ministries are facing the same types of pressures to accomplish what savvy business people have studied for years. There is the idea that if you are not a published author regarding dance ministry, then you are not knowledgeable. If your website is not flashy and professionally designed, then it may be thought that you are a "little fish" in the pond. If the opportunity for you to earn a monthly salary at the benefit of multiple engagements your itinerary has not rescued you from your full-time job, then you may be shunned from sitting on the front row of major ministry events. It is who the Lord says we are that matters.

We are all at different stages and places in our lives. If we build our houses on sand, they will wash away. The Lord gives witty inventions. We must wait on His timing to succeed at them with maximum effect. Let us stay prayerful not to envy what seems to be the success of our fellow laborers in dance. Sometimes a meteoric rise will be followed by a very public failure. It is endurance that wins the race.

Genesis 12:2 (NKJV)
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.

2 Samuel 7:9 (NKJV)
And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth.

1 Chronicles 4:38 (NKJV)
These mentioned by name were leaders in their families, and their father’s house increased greatly.

Ezekiel 20:9 (NKJV)
But I acted for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned before the Gentiles among whom they were, in whose sight I had made Myself known to them, to bring them out of the land of Egypt.

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