Run, John, run, the law commands but gives me neither feet nor hands. Tis better news the Gospel brings. It bids me fly, it gives me wings. — John Bunyan
Learning to dance seems so unnatural at first. That evening I first stepped onto the honky-tonk dance floor in Fort Worth, I was so, so self-conscious. Why? Because I was concerned about how everyone viewed me. Why? Because I had always focused on my performance, and effort, and behavior, and marching.
Learning to dance is scary stuff, and some never try – not in a honky-tonk and not with Christ. Why? Because I’m convinced that most of us are afraid to step into the freedom that Christ has to offer. Why? Because we’ve got this huge misunderstanding about how God views us, and that turns most of us into marching slaves.
If marching is slavery, dancing is freedom.
- Freedom to live.
- Freedom to enjoy.
- Freedom to obey.
- Freedom to share.
- Freedom to fail.
- Freedom to start all over again.
- Freedom to move with the music of the Spirit.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. —Galatians 5:1
If marching is all about my work for Him, dancing is all about the finished work of Christ for me and for you. The believers in Galatia started out dancing – and then some false teachers came in and got everyone marching, performing, evaluating, and all wrapped up in themselves.
My friends, when I ask you to dance, I’m not inviting you to be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. It is not you in the spotlight with everyone at the table judging you and people texting in their performance evaluations about you from all over the country. No, we’re not here to evaluate how you’re doing.
Why? Because when I invite you to dance, I’m inviting you to step into His grace, to step into the truth of who you already are in Him. Why? Because our whole world is wired to judge you by your performance and it is natural for us to feel that God works that way too. He doesn’t. He’s got a completely different system. It’s called grace. And we can believe in it, rest in it, and then dance in it like no one is watching.
Oh Jesus, by the Truth of Your Word and the power of Your Spirit, live through me today. I stand firm against the voices and powers that want to enslave my soul. I exchange fear for freedom! Amen.