Do you like to dance? When raising our children, we had concerts, we sang and we danced, all while in the comfort of our home. We would perform when it was just us or we entertained our visitors. Bottom line, we had fun. It did not have to be a special occasion; sometimes we would play the music and just dance. One of us, I will leave unnamed but you know who you are, would breakout in dancing without music and without any prompting. The oldest kids can sometimes do weird stuff. Oops, did I just tell you who the unnamed person was? Oh well, I am just having fun on my way to heaven. You should try it.
In this picture, we were celebrating the church’s 100-year anniversary. The Pastor, my Man of God and I shared with the public our dancing skills. We were not candidates for "Dancing With the Stars", but we had some moves and could hold our own in any setting necessary. Dancing has a rhythm. And good partners, have a rhythm with each other. Pastor and I had a rhythm, a synergy, together on and off the dance floor. Synergy is when two individuals or things come together, the sum total of the combined two is greater than the individual parts. In a nutshell, we were better together than apart.
Like dancing, the sport of boxing has a rhythm and the first person I think of is Mr. Float like a butterfly sting like a bee, Muhammad Ali. Thousands of articles have been written about his monumental boxing upset. Pastor Jones told the story in his own way through preaching. Here is my version in a Harriet Noel Jones snippet.
February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, fought the world champion, Sonny Liston. Ali was the underdog and predicted to lose. As the fight progressed, Ali was hit with powerful punches and delivered some to Liston. At round three, one of Liston’s eyes was bruised and the other cut underneath. At the end of round four, a caustic substance got into Ali’s eyes rendering him visually impaired. In round five, he kept moving and danced around the ring and Liston until the round was over. This dancing became known as the Ali shuffle. By round six, Ali dominated. Liston failed to answer the call for round seven, a technical knockout was declared, and Ali awarded the World Heavyweight Championship.
Although not a boxing fan or knowledgeable about it, I know that things in the natural can teach spiritual lessons, if you pay attention.
Pay attention to these facts about boxing. There are two types of boxing, amateur and professional. You have rounds, preset times for two opponents to use their force and skills to become the winner. There are referees and judges who oversee the match and determine who wins each round and ultimately who wins the match.
Now pay closer attention to these truths about our spiritual lives. When God created Man, He placed him in a beautiful garden to tend with dominion over all creation. After believing the lie of the enemy, his dominion was given to satan. satan took this authority and became the god of this world. We were subject to bondage until God’s redemption plan was complete. Jesus’ death on the cross, paid redemption’s cost and choosing Jesus as Savior and Lord sets us free. We have a new synergistic relationship, a new rhythm, a new dance with a new partner, and we have a new name. No longer sinners, but saved by God's grace.
As amateurs, baby Christians, drinking the milk of the Word, we fight each round, sometimes getting beat up, never knowing if we will win or lose. But as professionals, mature Christians, eating the meat of the Word, we learn that the judges and referees, The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost have assured us that the fight is fixed and our victory is eminent.
God revealed to me that life is like a game and whoever strategically plays the best, wins. There is a systematic way to always win. Just pay attention to the tactics of the enemy and pay closer attention to Word of God, His instructional manual. The Bible instructs that the devil is defeated and you are victorious. The fight is rigged in your favor, but you have to stay in the match and keep answering the call. You may get hit and you may become visually impaired, but keep dancing. Keep dancing until the round is over and then dance again. Dance with all your might and do not ever give up. You will score a knockout and your championship announced.
Harriet Noel Jones