One thing that is becoming clearer, is that within the Body of Messiah there is a lack of love. Yeshua said that the two most important commandants are to love God and to love our neighbor as ourself. Who is our neighbor? Even one such as a ______.
Being Messianic has its challenges, and ever since Mindy became a Believer, she has had to endure persecutions from other Jews in mainstream Judaism because she believes in Yeshua. Yet, to see Believers persecuting Believers - are we not supposed to be above that? We thought this ministry to be one that could be a tie that binds; and it has been to some degree. It is discouraging though, to see brothers in the Lord behaving wrongly.
Throughout this season of horrific disasters, there have been many stories of "Good Samaritans" who have put their lives on the line to save another. We are grateful for these loving people, but wonder how we would feel if someone that we did not like wanted to save us? Would we tell them to go away until someone we thought was worthy would come? It does seem crazy, but not unrealistic, unfortunately, within the family of Believers. We are currently grieving because of these divisions, which have made this ministry to suffer. We are feeling frustrated and perplexed, but not we are not in despair.
Paul not only exhorts us to love, but also says in essence that without love even the most extraordinary ministry is destitute. A part of what we do at Messianic Dance Camps International is to contact leaders and schedule dance camps, so that we can minister with worship through dance. It is so powerful to see the Lord touch people in a deep way, and affect those needing the Waters of His Spirit to flow over them. Not only have we seen people feel better physically, being supernaturally healed; but we have also seen them find relief from PTSD and depression. They all experienced the Love of God. We have been to congregations who had not danced as a part of their worship; however, since our visit have incorporated the dance. We are well aware of those who have not yet experienced this form of elation, not having the understanding of its power. It is wonderful to explain how Yeshua really enjoys dancing with us, and in doing so He inhabits the praises of His People Israel!
Yesterday, while we were making calls, we came across a Messianic leader who was not very nice. His demeanor indicated that he felt dance was valueless and that our ministry was of no profit to the Jewish people. Mindy is Jewish; and, in fact, the type of dance that we minister through is Israeli dance set to contemporary Messianic music. He was indignant toward the reply and the call ended. It brought to mind a recent discussion we had on Shabbat about being created in the Image of God. What does it mean to be created in the image and likeness of God? Does God therefore have two legs, two eyes, and ears? Perhaps. The Scripture that comes to mind is 1 John 4:8 which tells us that "The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love." Now we are not saying that the man yesterday does not love. Nor are we saying that he does not love God, but the more you know Yeshua intimately (by dancing with Him for example), the more you are able to love God and your neighbor as well. Because love is who He is, and that is His likeness, we think that you can be formed into the image and likeness of our Messiah Yeshua by loving God and loving your neighbor. Or, you can be formed into the image and likeness of haSatan, and continue hating God and your neighbor. The latter we will try avoiding at all times and by all means.
Love and Blessings to You,
Ralph and Mindy Seta
Messianic Dance Camps International