Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Home Wreckers

We must not use dance ministry involvement as an excuse to neglect our personal responsibilities. Though believers should be disciples, truthfully speaking, we are not required to dance to share the gospel with mankind. It is a wonderful blessing to be talented enough to dance with creativity, passion, and conviction. It is a travesty if those who dwell in our own households refer to us as hypocrites.

Spending unreasonable amounts of time in dance rehearsals and travelling for months at a time may need to be reconsidered. If there is friction in our homes that is not based on jealousy or unbelief, we must pray to the Lord for direction. We should be good stewards over our relationships and invest in the salvation of our own families. Talking about dance ministry constantly while shortchanging our loved ones in time, attention, and training can damage our credibility as movement ministers.

The influences on a single dancer vs. a married one may greatly differ. Being a parent of a child or teenager may require someone to balance his or her timesheet between home and ministry. It is often said that ministry begins at home. We need not stray from maintaining the house of the Lord for the benefit of the Body. There are many of us that need to take the time to evaluate and then re-evaluate what factors may be contributing to the demise of our own homes. Walking upright before the Lord starts with each of us individually. If the truth of our lives were put on display today in a dance ministry presentation, what would the message say about us?

Proverbs 3:33 (NKJV)
The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just.

Proverbs 7:11-12 (NKJV)
She was loud and rebellious, her feet would not stay at home. At times she was outside, at times in the open square, lurking at every corner.

1 Timothy 5:8 (NKJV)
But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Hebrews 11:7 (NKJV)
By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

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