Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Approval Process

Hosting dance concerts and conferences is not the apex of movement ministry. Many are under the impression that notoriety in the praise dance realm equals keynote speaker engagements, mega-conference hosting, and a full itinerary. Flashy websites and exaggerated accomplishments abound as many would desire to pay top-dollar to be listed in the "Movement Ministry Hall of Fame."

Instead of waiting for the Lord to open doors in His timing, many people solicit platforms and invitations. Some strategies including calling prospective conference hosts and asking for a slot to teach a subject, emailing ministry resumes and bios to impress and gain a potential invite, asking for a chance to dance on a concert or other event, and so on. While some may welcome the interest, many other event hosts express surprise (and disappointment) at the outright request to participate without an established relationship or familiarity with the ministry.

We do not have to worry that time will pass us by. The Lord's timing is perfect. When He calls us to an assignment, we will be blessed and make a great impact where we are sent. It may not be our moment or opportunity in the spotlight. The Lord has not forgotten about us and will reward those who diligently seek Him. We must continue to let Him work on our hearts and give us His desires for our lives. When we learn to wait on the Lord, we will gain the wisdom, favor, and integrity to endure when the doors of opportunity are opened for us.

John 5:43-44 (NKJV)
I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?

Romans 14:17-19 (NKJV)
For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.

2 Corinthians 10:18 (NKJV)
For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

Philippians 1:9-11 (NKJV)
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

James 3:1 (NKJV)
My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.

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