the point is: We are always waiting for the perfect circumstances to do what God called us to do or to do all that He places in our heart. But listen to these words that Jesus spoke:
''To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge (a funeral song), and you did not cry.''' Luke 7:31, 32 (NIV).
Principle #1: Live Passionately-Dance Before The Music Stops.
''Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.'' Psalm 90:12 (LB)
In other words we waste too much time. Saved folk are never satisfied with their life, so Pastoring them can be very difficult; and remember Jesus was called to the Jews, His own people first. I heard T.D. Jakes say recently that:
“It’s hard to grow a church with depressed people. I will add not only is it difficult to grow a church with depressed people, but with confused and unstable people.
Some pastors spend the majority of their time nursing the hurts and boo boos of the people. They spend too their time as a wet nurse, burping spiritual babies-which is what these religious rulers were in Christ’s day.
The Lord said they were like children playing in a marketplace. One of the children says: “Let’s play wedding,” the others say: “No, that’s too jolly.” “then let’s play funeral.” No, they don’t want to play funeral because it is too sad. Our Lord said these petulant children were exactly like that religious generation. And believe me we are not too far removed from that generation today.
Some say, “ I do not like that preacher because he is too intelligent, and his tone is boring.” And the same folk say, “I don’t like that preacher because he hollers, spits and jumps all over the furniture.” The problem is not with the two types of preachers. The problem is with the spoiled baby saints who complain. That is what the Lord said in His day, and it is still applicable today.
We are usually more concerned about what people would say and think, rather than taking the bull by the horn and jumping in, throwing ourselves into some new adventure, a passion that lives deep within us. When David’s wife Michal, ridiculed him for dancing in the streets of Jerusalem with all his might, David had to remind her to whom he was honoring in his dance. ''David answered, 'I was dancing to honor the Lord, I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.''' 2 Sam. 6:21, 22 (GN/NIV).
Principle #2: Love Completely DANCE WITH ALL MY HEART
''Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.''' Matt. 22:37-39 (NIV)
Never wait to say what you need to do- Never wait to act in love - Never wait to give. Whatever you do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord. Give it your all; throw your entire being into what you set out to do.
Principle #3: Learn Humbly DANCE NO MATTER WHAT
''Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!'' Phil. 2:5-8 (NIV).
You must dance even when your heart is breaking, when there is no answer to the craziness that has just taken place in your life. ''You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give You thanks forever!'' Psalm 30:11-12 (NLT).
Principle #4: Leave Boldly DANCE TO LEAVE AN ETERNAL LEGACY
''As the time approached for Him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.'' (Luke 9:51 (NIV)
Sidney Carter wrote this song called: “Lord of the Dance” The lyrics say: ''I danced on Friday when the sky turned black though it's hard to dance with a devil on your back. They buried my body and thought I'd gone; but I am the dance and the dance goes on. Dance, dance wherever you may be. I am the Lord of the dance, said He. And I will lead you all wherever you may be. I will lead you all in the dance, said He.'' He's the Lord of the dance because He died and rose again.
Jesus knew he was about to leave this world. yet, He purposely, resolutely set His face to go to Jerusalem.
I want you to underscore two powerful words in that passage ''Jesus knew.'' That's so important because Jesus knew when He had one month to live. Jesus knew when He had 30 days to the cross. Most of us won't know when we're down to our last month on this earth, but Jesus knew when He had one month until the first Easter. And so how did He live? And as we look at Jesus' life and how He lived the last month on this earth when He knew He had 30 days to live, we gather some amazing and divine dancing lessons for life, and we glean these four principles on no- regrets living;
So Dance before the music stops and live passionately. When you realize your days are counting down, you really want to make your days count. One day the music is going to stop so you better start dancing.
- We're always waiting to dance. We're always waiting to enjoy life.
- We're always waiting to really live all out passionately until everything is perfect.
- We're always waiting for smooth sailing.
- We're always waiting for things to slow down and to settle down.
- We're always waiting for that problem to get out of our lives, and Jesus reminds us that we're to dance now. Dance before the music stops because it'll stop one day.
You know our life on this earth is just temporary. Our life on this earth is limited. Our time is limited, and instead of letting that fact paralyzes us with fear, it ought to liberate us to really live, because as Christ followers you don't have to fear death. You get to go to heaven. But we ought to fear a wasted life. You must take advantage of every moment that God gives you, because the music that's playing in your life right now, one day will stop.
Each of us needs to ask ourselves the question: What would I do if I knew I had one month to live? Ask yourself: Would I do this if I had one month to live? Would I do that if I had one month to live? If we all started to do that, I bet it would uncluttered our overcrowded schedules.
- We would get much more intentional about living passionately.
- It could increase our passion for God immediately.
- It possibly would increase our passion for our relationships that we sometimes take for granted.
- It would increase our passion for our kids and getting into their lives.
- It would increase our passion to do something with our one-and-only life that would be here after we're gone. It really would help to clarify our priorities and helped us start doing the things that matter most.
Many of us would realize how easily it is to get distracted by life, and we just naturally gravitate back into a life of just going through the motions thinking we're going to be here forever here on this earth, rather than realizing what Jesus knew - one day the music stops. You were made to divinely dance from the passion that God has placed in your heart. Don't miss out on life, Dance With all Your Might.
If the the record changes, dance, if the tempo changes dance, if the dance floor underneath you seems to be pulled from under you, still dance. No matter what happens, keep on dancing. Dance through your pain, heartache and sorrows.
God is able to give you a bigger dance floor, but He is waiting for you to make the decision to keep dancing through any and all adversities. One day the music will stop. Think about the legacy your want to leave behind. When you teach others to dance through their pain, when you lead others to Christ, even when you are still going through your issues, you are living and leaving boldly. If you got to leave this world, the 4th principle is: LEAVE BOLDLY. leave a mark for other generations to follow.
I shortened this message, but I hope you got something out of it. Listen to the song in the media section entitled: I Hope You Dance by Glaydes Knight.
God Bless and don't forget to say your prayers.