Thursday, November 13, 2008

The "Eyes" Have It

Dance ministers can get consumed with thinking about personal appearance and become engrossed in the opinions of others. There are many dancers who appear to be unconcerned by grooming, hygiene, and overall presentation. At the opposite end of the spectrum are those who are obsessed with getting every single detail exactly right. Picture-perfect hair, flawless nails, makeup or face paint, and flawless garments are encouraged more than a true relationship with God in the circles of the self-conscious. This is often based on what is seen on the outside and the things that may impress or repulse people.

God does not see as man sees. His Divine sight is unlike any x-ray or digital imaging known to man. When He looks at us, our total being is revealed. He observes our personal character, lifestyles, faithfulness, and the true condition of our hearts. Making His examination of us a primary concern will remove any pressure that we face from men. This should not cause us to be terrified, but to be purified. When the Lord finds us walking in righteousness, we will be granted the wisdom, grace, and favor that we need.

We are truly dancing for an audience of one. The Lord is not looking at our technical abilities and marking our perceived disabilities on a scorecard. Ministry is a momentous thing that holds the doors of eternity open for the lost to access. Realizing that He sees us with His eyes should provoke us to walk reverently concerning the things of God. Dance is not the focus or the cause for which we commit. It is the vehicle through which the gospel may be shared to forever unchain the lives of those who are bound.

2 Chronicles 16:9a (NKJV)
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

Psalm 11:4 (NKJV)
The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.

Proverbs 15:3 (NKJV)
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

Proverbs 22:12 (NKJV)
The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, but He overthrows the words of the faithless.

1 Peter 3:12 (NKJV)
For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”

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