Yes, I am not normal. I was singing “Higher” trying to teach two of my grandsons the song and dance while waiting in a drive thru line one day. The 10 year old, Emanuel looked at me funny and said “Grandma, I told you, you ain’t gangsta, don’t even try it.” Elijah, the 8 year old said, “Manny, you know our grandma can dance and nope she is not gangsta.” I love my grand gifts the Lord has blessed me with sooo much. When they hurt, I hurt. When I dance, they dance. Most of all, I love that they are young disciples in training and they tell me everything (sometimes too much) going on with or around them.
If you know anything about dancing, I’m sure most of you have done or seen the Electric Slide and the Boot Scoot. The one thing I like about these dances is that you are moving in one accord even if one decides to add their own signature move or step off into another direction. You can join in the dances on either step if late. You will still come back in step with everyone else ending on one accord.
I warned you, I could take anything, any subject, give it a twist, and make it germane on another level in regard to our walks with Jesus without getting off the biblical path. Yes, the Holy Spirit dances too. Do you not know that you will be praising Him and dancing before Him should you be so blessed to enter into His Kingdom?
Have fun being a Christian in this life. There is no time in life to be stuck up, judgmental, and a deadbeat as a Christian. Here are two fun videos if you need step instructions:
Senior Citizens Electric Slide. http://youtu.be/RHYeNs9zUZo (I think the man in the red shirt use to be on my dance team in my ancient days)
Boot Scootin–> http://youtu.be/Qv8w8vtGnjI
Luke 14:25-35 – Cost of Discipleship
Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Words to Know:
• Disciple– one of the 12 personal followers of Christ; one of the 70 followers sent forth by Christ. Luke 10:1; any other professed follower of Christ in His lifetime; any follower of Christ; A person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; follower:
• Bearing your Cross-a full dedication to Christ for the cause of the Gospel. ( Keep dancing for the Lord even when your feet are tired and your heart is still dancing)
• Consider– to think carefully about, especially in order to make a decision; contemplate; reflect on:
• Forsake -to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert: 2. to give up or renounce (a habit, way of life, etc.)
When we make the choice to or are called into following Jesus, we need to consider the costs. In this day and age, you cannot just jump up without considering your ability to bear your cross and its costs. I was thinking…that would be so hurtful to our ego, knowing what is required and unable to bear our cross as a Christian. Jesus said it “whoever does not bear his cross and come after ME cannot be MY disciple.” Notice, Jesus did not say bear His cross… He clearly stated that the follower has to “bear his” own “cross”. With that in mind, this post is a bit different. This post will include questions for you to ponder while Electric Slidin or Boot Scootin in your steps to follow Jesus. This post is all about you and your dancing disciple skills. Remember even if you get out of line, you will still end up back in line with all other Christians on one accord, okie dokie? Let’s get dancing for the Lord!
Ponder here after reading Luke 14:25-35:
1. What do you think Jesus meant by “does not hate”?
2. (a)As a Christian, can I be considered a disciple of Jesus? (b) What cost have I already paid if any to be a disciple?
3. What happens when one overlooks anything, not just overlooking the cost?
4. (Scenario-You just completed a dance floor in your new dance studio. Three weeks later you learn you will need to build a larger dance floor because more dancers (followers) than you anticipated signed up for classes at your grand opening. You do not have the funds anywhere in sight or hand to expand.) What beloved, would be your next course of action to take?
5. (a)What experience have you had with a daily or ongoing battle? (b)After reading the parable, do you understand why the battle is ongoing and reoccurring daily?(c) Who does the battle belong to in the end?
6. What things in my life have I forsaken in the name of Jesus? (Make a list so you can view it in black and white or color if you prefer.)
7. What can I do to be like salt to follow in Jesus’ steps? Do a quick study on your own time about the properties and use of salt. (Salt does not lose its flavor, it is a mineral. Hear me out! This is where you will need the Holy Spirit to grasp an understanding of Jesus’ use of the word.) You may also go here–> http://gods-word-first.org/salt-earth.html
Action Item- Do you recall doing this experiment in a middle school class? Pour about a teaspoon of salt in your hand and taste it. Put remaining salt in a glass of water and taste it again. Did the salt lose it’s flavor? What did it lose? My answer starts with a ‘C’.
After a pondering self- evaluation and instructions from Jesus (Luke 14:25-35), are we ready to Consider Electric Slidin and Boot Scootin In our Steps to Follow Jesus?
LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS