Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Heads or Tails?

The way that we handle our ministries and make decisions will determine our position. Many dancers have the mistaken concept that forging friendships with the "who's who" in the church realm will bring esteemed promotion and success. Some leaders even assert that being "covenantly connected" to them will open more doors than can be imagined. The implication is that we will miss our destiny if we do not choose to associate with a particular person. The truth is that God exalts the humble. Serving Him faithfully will bring promotion and excellence will garner respect. The Lord's purposes prevail!

Considering both the natural and spiritual aspects, our heads are usually uncovered while dancing and are used for ministry through expression. Mime ministers often highlight the face with paint and dancers may use make-up to enliven expression. Observers of movement ministry can usually determine our passion and sincerity by looking at our faces. The head is usually clearly visible and open for all to see. We are encouraged to cover our "tails" with garments that conceal anything of a provocative nature. This would represent the areas that are inappropriate for public display or must be carefully presented.

Exercising wisdom in ministry calls for trained leadership and informed members. Dance ministry advocates should also be reminded about the need to exercise appropriate actions (public), speech (public and private), as well as inter-personal relationships (private). We each determine if we will function as "heads" or "tails" by our own actions. Righteousness brings favor and promotion from the Lord. Self-righteousness is destructive and divisive. The final result will be determined by our own selection.

Deuteronomy 28:13 (NKJV)
And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

1 Samuel 9:6 (NKJV)
And he said to him, “Look now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honorable man; all that he says surely comes to pass. So let us go there; perhaps he can show us the way that we should go.”

Isaiah 9:15 (NKJV)
The elder and honorable, he is the head; The prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.

1 Corinthians 12:22-24 (NKJV)
No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it

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