There is always one person in a Zumba class that is unable to follow the group. Everyone goes right, and she goes left.
Everyone’s arms will go up and down, and her’s will go down and up. Most of the time, their lack of coordination is hilarious, worthy to be a funny YouTube video.
But even if the spectacle is really entertaining, what happen if you keep looking at them? You will eventually start making mistakes you too, and break synchronization with the rest of the class. To stay with the program, you need to keep your eyes fixed on the teacher. Missing a few moves isn’t that bad, but if you make mistakes during the weight training part, you could hurt yourself quite badly.
It is a good image of our lives in the spiritual realm. Jesus shows us the way to go, so we need to keep out eyes on him if we don’t want to take a wrong turn or hurt ourselves. If we let other people distract us, even if it looks like fun, we might miss steps and start to imitate them instead of Jesus. Then we miss the goal the Holy Spirit is leading us towards.
Just because everyone around you decides to move in together before getting married, that’s is OK. That’s not what our great Teacher showed us. Dating an unsaved person might look fun and easy, but since it’s not the direction your Teacher told you to go, you will have a great chance of getting hurt. Keeping Jesus at the center of your life while single, and in your dating process, is the only way to ensure a future marriage is in “good shape”. If you want the proper form, follow the Teacher.
Joshua 1.7 (NIV) “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”
Psalms 34.5 (NIV) “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”