“You see the poets thought the dancers were shallow.
And the soldiers thought the poets were weak.
And the elders saw the young ones as foolish.
And the rich man never heard the poor man speak.”
I know I am guilty of this. I know I look at people who are Christians just like me and think “they are taking it way too far”. A wise leader once told me that if you look around at the body and see someone worshipping like crazy or praying too loud or giving their all and think “what’s wrong with them?”, it is the first sign that there is probably something wrong inside of you.
Maybe we need to evaluate ourselves. We sing songs like “I am Free” and claim that you can dance, sing, and worship however you’d like. Then we look with disguist or feel embarrassed by those who take that message to heart. Not all of us and not all the time. But on some level, some time, I am sure you have been guilty. But I have been, too.
The answer? Jesus tells us that we are like one body with many parts- each bringing new giftings to the table. Maybe you can sing well, so you lead worship. Maybe you are good with words and remembering to pray. You may be a prayer warrior. Regardless, we need to consciously remember that we are each honoring God as we see fit and as we are able.
And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:12-31
“But it was the rhythm of the dancers that gave the poets life.
It was the spirit of the poets that gave the soldiers strength to fight.
It was fire of the young ones, it was the wisdom of the old.
It was the story of the poor man that needed to be told.”
(City on a Hill :: Casting Crowns)