Remove the Sandals

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Exodus 3:4-6
“When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And He said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.”

I am of what would be called the “frozen chosen”. I am not that outwardly expressive during corporate worship, nor am I overly boisterous or showy. Some brethren are, and some are not. What matters is authenticity. There is beauty in both, and there is ugliness in both. The overly frozen can quench authentically appropriate enthusiasm, and the overly expressive can disrupt authentically appropriate reverence. Both can be either a blessing or a curse to the body. We (Christians) need to be aware of the delicate balance between our assuredness of salvation (which can lead to a lack of reverence), and the fear of God (which can lead to quiet conceit).

Let me give an example:

Just because one does not dance at a wedding, it does not mean that one is not enthusiastic about the wedding. And just because one dances at a wedding, it does not mean that one is just showing off.

The point is, the quietly reverent and the boisterous celebrator are both welcome when each are mindful of the holy ground they are on. I encourage the brethren to respect each other’s personal convictions in this regard, and to not forget to remove the sandals, for corporate worship is about God, not us.

Godspeed, to the brethren!

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