Monday, September 22, 2008

Busy Bodies

Just because we dance to the Word does not necessarily mean that our movements must accentuate each and every syllable. It is almost painful to watch some dancers attempt to over-work a verse, trying to capture every word in movement, losing the deeper meaning of the message. When we allow the Lord to be the Divine Choreographer, His creativity will not limit us to elementary interpretation. Sometimes we must keep it simple. At other times we must dance before the Lord with all our might.

A movement class may not necessarily solve the problem, though it may help. We must continually pray to the Lord for insight. There are some well-trained dancers who are about as exciting to watch as a brick wall. Some choreography set to gospel music has nothing to do with the meaning of the song. This should not occur with us. We must not be more consumed with getting the movements right and neglect to receive the correct interpretation of the Word. When we let movement be the determining factor, we are no longer ministering the Word in dance, we are simply doing "busy work."

Common words used in gospel like heart, love, peace, Jesus, cross, pray, and so forth too often look the same on many dancers. Does everyone love the same way? Is Jesus only one-dimensional? Is the cross only two long pieces of wood that connect to form a symbol? Does everyone pray the same way? Does peace have the same meaning for everyone? If not, then our movement should reflect the diversity of the human experience and accurately portray the attributes of God. If we are merely moving without revelation, then we are only being "busy bodies," and nothing more.

Psalm 33:4 (NKJV)
For the word of the LORD is right, and all His work is done in truth.

Mark 16:20 (NKJV)
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

2 Timothy 2:14-15 (NKJV)
Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Colossians 2:18-19 (NKJV)
Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.

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