"But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." - John 12:32
This past week I have been in rehearsals for a local theatre company's production of "My Fair Lady." I am in the pit orchestra as a hired musician. I have enjoyed playing with this particular group a couple of times now. Most of the players are Christian musicians and are playing in local church groups around town.
One night earlier this week, there was a stage direction given to the cast for a particular scene because of some changes being made in the way that some backstage scene changes were going to have to take place.
And then it dawned on me.
When it comes to corporate worship, Who takes center stage of our worship services????
The correct answer should always be Jesus! But I had to ask myself whether we always make that happen. Do I make that happen? Do you?
I remember a few years ago, when a couple of friends and I wrote a Choir musical called, "For Thou O Lord" there was a scene where Jesus was at the wedding of Cana. And we had choreographed Jesus to be watching while some of the party goers were dancing, as would have been the custom at any Hebrew wedding reception... At one point, Jesus and His disciples join into the authentic dance with the bride and groom. Some of the folks at our church got a little upset with us because they were not expecting that our Lord would dance!!!!
God forbid that Jesus might actually participate in something that was completely biblical and customary for Him to do as a Jewish male at a wedding during this time! I am being totally sarcastic here. But I think you understand my point.
Here's a deeper question: Do we try to "work around" the Jesus Who is fixated at Center Stage ???? Or is He involved in everything you and I do? Is He permeating all of our worship, or is He so attached to the place that we have set as center stage that when we are downstage or upstage or backstage that we leave Him behind?
It's almost expected that God would be able to comfort us when we are sad, be a friend when we're lonely, heal us when we are sick...
Do we allow Him to dance with us through every act of celebration? To get overjoyed with us??? To get happy feet with us???
Is Jesus pleased with all of our worship???
I hope He dances!