My Pointe of View

My thoughts on God, Life, and Dance

The Heart of Worship

Written By: jamieu - Feb• 12•12

 Today I would like to talk about worship. There is a story in the Bible that paints such a beautiful picture of worship to me. It is found in the book of John chapter 12 and takes place during the week of Passover and of the crucifixion. Jesus is having a meal in the home of Lazarus in the town of Bethany. As you may know Lazarus had two sisters, Mary and Martha. We always seem to find Martha busy working and we always find Mary at the feet of Jesus.

In this scene Mary brings out a VERY expensive jar of perfume. The Bible says that it was the equivalent of a year’s wage. To put that in context for us, let’s just say it was worth around $30,000 or so……… (I have trouble buying body spray when it is not on sale for $10 or less!). Mary proceeds to anoint Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. As she did this the house was filled with the fragrance. Just take a moment and think about what is happening here. Mary is humbling herself before the Lord, she is bowing herself it the lowest position she could be in. She is anointing Him with what is her most valuable possession.

When I read this story of few years ago I began to think about how it applies to me as a dancer (if you are not a dancer you can apply this to whatever your gift and calling is). Whenever I am given the opportunity to dance I know that it is never just movement but always worship. Weather I am on a stage in a beautiful theater or on a dirty concrete floor in front of a room full of orphans in Africa – they are the same to me, a chance to glorify my God through dance and usher His presence into the room. I know that when people are in the presence of God they cannot leave unchanged. As dancers (or worshipers in general) we are to take our gift and pour it out before the feet of Jesus. It may coast us dearly, but when we are broken before Him, His fragrance (the anointing) will fill the room.

I have a quote written in one of my journals that says,

“The anointing takes our giftings from the natural to the supernatural, from man’s ability to God’s ability.”

I am not sure where I found this statement but it rings so true in my heart. How often have you felt unequipped for what God has called you to? How many times have you said “I can’t do it”? The truth is God usually calls us to things and places way outside of our comfort zones because He knows that we cannot do it without Him. That is where the humble and broken part comes in. Laying yourself before the savior of the world and admitting that you are week but He is strong. Knowing that you are unable but willing to step out in faith and be obedient to God no matter the coast – THAT is the heart of a worshiper. When you reach that place God is so pleased and He knows that you are there for His glory and not your own. Now He is able to step in and take your limited human abilities and make them something extraordinary through his power and anointing!

In conclusion I encourage you to read this story on your own – it continues to simmer in my spirit and there are many more revelations and points that can be brought out from this brief passage that I did not touch on today. I also encourage you to examine the actions of Mary. From my bit of research she can be found three different times in the Bible – (Luke 10) when Jesus comes to her home for the first time, (John 11) when Jesus raises her brother Lazarus from the dead, and (John 12) the story I talked about today. In every single story we find Mary at the feet of Jesus at some point! I found that so fascinating. There is so much that we can learn from this woman! Look her up and see what God shows you through her life.

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4 Comments

    • jamieu says:

      Thank you!

    • Jenny says:

      Waoooh the messages are good,encouraging and they also rieleve people and make the heart of those who burdened to feel some lightness in their heart. I feel like am rieleved. I have also come to know that the battle is over before it began;if you only have faith inthe most high God,coz we are meant to be winners not failures. Thank you so much and God bless you for the work you guys are doing in lifting up the peoples spirit. God bless.

      • Auth says:

        I just wanted to elaaorbte a bit on this scripture:1 Thessalonians 1:5For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost…Most people think that the Holy Ghost is power.’ Therefore they combine power and the Holy Ghost together as one word in Paul’s above statement.But in reality Paul knows that the Holy Spirit is a person, a member of the trinity. A person who has’ power.Think about Paul saying something like, I came to you wearing both my shirt and my shoes. Two separate items.Paul came to them in power, and he also came to in the Holy Ghost.Today we see a lot of intellectual activity and so little power in those who come to us. Paul is contrasting his own spiritual experience with the experience of others who come to us. We hear the statement about some, He was so anointed. Usually it can mean that someone came with power and the Holy Ghost.Lord we pray that you go with us in your power and presence.Exodus 33:13-15 (King James Version) 13Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. 14And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. 15And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.Moses was smart enough to know that he needed God’s presence to go with him where ever he went. I venture to suggest that apostle Paul knew enough to not go without God’s presence also Pastor Tilson’s message is a timely message that can be received as a prophetic word to the Body of Christ. There is an anointing in what he is sharing. God’s presence is in it. There is power present in the words he shared with us.

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