Charades: A game where body language, facial expressions, and gestures are used to convey a specific thing or meaning, without words, to win points for the person guessing.
GESTURES AND BODY LANGUAGE
I recently played Gestures, a board game version of Charades, at our ministry team game night which got me thinking about our gestures and body language. People are constantly watching us. Whether we realize it or not, our posture and facial expressions can tell a lot about us. People can read if we are happy, angry, tired, frustrated, engaged, or disconnected. This is a scary thought! The manner in which I physically carry myself is telling those around me how I'm feeling and even what I might be thinking without the necessity of me using my words to tell them. I wonder how I am perceived. Am I the same person on Sunday as I am on a regular weekday? Do I portray that I love my job or that I love God and my church? What about all of us as a whole body of Christ: what are we exhibiting together? If a visitor walked into our church, would they see a congregation that is passionately in love with their Creator or just a group of individuals who are simply doing their Christian duty by attending? Are we excited and willing to show others Jesus’ love? Or are our attitudes distracted, selfish, and frustrated? (I can think of a million reasons why Sunday mornings can cause frustration!)
There are many different kinds of gestures found in the Bible! According to Bible Gateway, gestures - as part of human communication - can add force to a word, and give weight to an agreement. They can convey emotions such as joy, mercy, worship, sorrow, reverence, and anger. There are even examples of the gesture of washing hands and feet, and shaking the dust from the feet. The Bible is full of gestures. I believe that King David was very expressive with his gestures and that he didn’t hesitate to vividly worship God. In 2 Samuel 6:14a, it says “David danced before the Lord with all his might.” (ESV)
Psalm 63: 2-4 says:
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your loving kindness is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
David was not afraid to lift up his hands to his Maker and Creator. He did it uninhibitedly and with passion.
WITHOUT SAYING A WORD
I am certain that everyone has had those moments where a variety of reasons hold us back from wholly worshiping God with gestures of reverence and love. It is easy (and normal) to be concerned of what others might think if we throw up our hands or dance about in praise or fall on the floor in surrender and worship.
Our gestures can have a positive or negative impact on others; they can build up and encourage, or they can discourage and tear down. This includes benefiting or robbing ourselves if we refrain from expressing, as we feel led or if we go out of our way to falsely portray ourselves. So, I simply challenge you to consider your gestures. What are you saying with them? I hope that as we are daily filled with the Spirit, we will unceasingly show an outpouring of love for God and others before we even say a word!