by: Tom Behrens
I recently read something from Jared C. Wilson’s book Unparalleled in which he describes a true Christians’ uniqueness.
He calls it “beautiful dust.”
“Christianity proclaims the glory of Jesus Christ and his work, and the good works of his followers become beautiful dust stirred up in our following him wherever he goes.” (Wilson, p. 197-198)
The author is not talking about the physical things we purposely do for others in our Christian walk…which are also good and necessary. He’s talking about the “dust” you stir up—what you leave behind by just living your Christian Life.
Have you ever thought about what you are leaving in your path as you walk through life and not even know you’re doing it?
As you and a buddy walk through a field while hunting, stirring up dust, brush, leaves, or whatever forms of outdoor life. You don’t even think about it, but you have been there and left a trail of your passing.
You go to a game being played by your favorite sports team, cheering, rooting them on to victory. You left some “dust.”
Or, you’re at the grocery store picking up needed items. There goes some more “dust.”
Wherever, whatever, we are leaving a “trail of dust.” And hopefully a beautiful one.
“Unselfconsciously love and serve others without worrying about recognition or reward.” (Wilson, p. 198)
“…as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Phil. 1:20 ESV)
Brush the dust off.
*Today’s devotion comes from Tom Behrens. Tom is a freelance journalist and photographer in the Houston, TX area.