Ever been at a party, and your favourite song comes on…and your instinct is to groove. Your foot is tapping the floor, your body is starting to sway, your heart is filling with joy… But then you look at your cool friend, who has a scowl on their face. You’re not being cool! Cool people know better than to dance at parties! So you cool it, and try not to dance.
It can even happen at Church. The choir is singing a song that touches your spirit. You want to scream for joy! You want to shout a mighty amen! You want to break free from your seat and dance! But then your neighbour gives you this look. It is not respectable. That’s not the way they worship here. So you behave, and fall in line…and resist the Spirit.
It happened to David too (2 Sam 6:16-22)! He wanted to dance, and his wife was disapproving. That wasn’t a way for a King to behave. What would people think? But David knew better than to listen to her! He danced anyway, letting it all out and revelling in his freedom to worship God as he was led by the Spirit!
There are many who would stop you from walking in the liberty that Christ has called you to. There are many who would caution you against breaking tradition. There are many who will tell you that that is not the way it is done. They may or may not have good intentions. They may or may not be seeking to control you. They may or may not be acting out of fear.
But you have a choice! You have a calling, a gift and an empowerment. You can put it aside, and take the road that is easiest. You can resist the Spirit and settle for what is ordinary. Or you can let go and let God take you where He wants to…and enjoy every moment of your journey together! Dancing, laughing, rejoicing, crying and speaking as He gives you utterance!
The truth can only set you free if you believe it and act upon it. Even if you are physically free, you can still be imprisoned by your small thinking and desire to please men… What are you going to do? To dance or not to dance…? That is the question!
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