Sunday, October 12, 2008

Time and Place

We must be good stewards concerning our time. When first starting out in movement ministry, it may be a challenge getting a platform to share the message. Many try to suggest or outright ask for the opportunity to dance at an event. Others start out at the local church and are asked to dance based on being seen there. Waiting on the Lord to send us forth is the greatest way to spread the Word. It is much better to be asked to dance than to impose on others. There is plenty of opportunity to dance in the public instead of seeking platforms in church circles that may lead to fame and celebration of our works.

The opposite spectrum of lack of opportunity is having to choose between mutliple invitations. Some ministries make the choice to accept multiple invites even if they are on the same day or during the same time frame. This approach will often have the invited group to ask the host to dance early on one program and late on another so that they are able to dance at both events. The problem is that to the observer, the ministry is seen leaving early at the first location and arriving late at the next. Beyond the dance, our reputations are also an important reflection on the motives of the ministry.

There is also the temptation to accept every event that is presented to us. As we become experts at multi-tasking, we will discover that key areas in our lives will go lacking if we spend every weekend dancing and none with family, friends, and most importantly, the Lord. We must ask Him whether or not He has a reason for us to dance at a particular place and time. If we are not discerning regarding where we are sent or invited, we may find ourselves frustrated and exhausted, suffering through programs that are more about dance and competition than the love of Christ.

Romans 10:15 (NKJV)
And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Galatians 5:13 (NKJV)
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Colossians 4:2-4 (NKJV)
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

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