Saturday, September 20, 2008

Picture Perfect

Although dancers may study David and Miriam, we have a more perfect example to follow. Many study the significance of dance in the Bible, but neglect to realize that that we are to preach the gospel to all nations. Movement may be the vehicle we use, but it is not the destination. David's testimony can encourage us, but he cannot save us. Miriam may be an inspiration for many to dance, but she is not our justification for movement. We are justified through Christ.

Too many are teaching the virtues of choreography, garment requirements, church protocol, and decorum without relating it back to the Lord. Getting an understanding of what we do is imperative, but it should all lead us back to Christ. Doing things just for the sake of the "rules" cancels out the guidance of the Spirit. Jesus did not promise us that we would be like David or other Biblical "Hall of Famers." We can be confident that we were created just the way that we should be.

We are being transformed into His image and shall be like Him. Our imperfections do not diminish His perfection. We do not have to become the Savior- He is! Deliverance is not of ourselves- it is because of Jesus! Our goal for dancing is not to "tell a story," but to share THE story, which is the gospel truth. Let us not think that every dance that we minister has to be confined to songs about Jesus, but let us make sure that we paint the perfect picture, and that is one that leads to salvation in Christ.

Genesis 5:1 (NKJV)
[The Family of Adam] This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.

Psalm 17:15 (NKJV)
As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.

Ezekiel 1:28 (NKJV)
Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.

Mark 4:30 (NKJV)
[The Parable of the Mustard Seed] Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it?

Philippians 2:7 (NKJV)
But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

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