Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Buy One, Get One Free

There is the unfortunate perception in many ministries that everything related to ministry should be free or deeply discounted. If our treasure and our hearts are in the same place, then it may be a sad realization that many who claim to be dance ministers have hearts that are far from God. Our motive is not to enter ministry for a paycheck. We should aim to serve the Lord with all we have, even if it costs us money, time, and talent.

In the age of technology, there is an abundance of information that can be obtained relatively freely. Reading a few snippets of a book will not have the same value as reading the entire text. Surfing the internet and copying and pasting a few key concepts and ideas does not make one a student of the ministry of movement. Attending a conference and using the notes to teach others without studying it for ourselves is folly. We cannot shortcut our way into anointed dance ministry. The investment that we make will come to fruition. If we are to offer the Lord anything, it should be our very best.

If we have to purchase multiple Bibles, enroll in paid dance classes, buy dance garments, finance educational ministry trips, invest in gym memberships, or pay for knowledge, we should do so with fervor. Merely buying resources and not utilizing them makes us wasteful and foolish. We must be strategic as we spend. Wisdom must be exercised as we make decisions in regards to investing in ministry enrichment. Although it is a blessing to get a free book, DVD, flag, or other goods, it is definitely more blessed to give than to receive.

2 Samuel 24:24 (NKJV)
Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

1 Chronicles 21:24 (NKJV)
Then King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing.”

Proverbs 23:23 (NKJV)
Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.

1 Corinthians 6:20 (NKJV)
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

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