Dusting Jesus…

I was walking through our building this afternoon as our custodian was cleaning the hallway outside one of the entrances.  Right next to the entrance is one of those pictures of Jesus.  You know the ones.  They look like it was a portrait commission by Christ himself, except not.  Whenever I see these I always think, “Whose idea of Jesus is this?” 

As I was walking through, our custodian was dusting the painting.  I flipantly said, “Don’t forget to dust Jesus.  You can’t forget to dust off Jesus.”  But since I said it, I have been thinking.  Many of us treat Christ like he is a painting or some piece of furniture.  We walk by him every day.  Honestly, most of the time we don’t even notice him.  And then when we clean once a week, we dust him off and prepare for another week of ignoring him.

I was with 160 Junior High students at camp last week and honestly, many of them just dusted Jesus off for the week and when it was over they packed him in the suitcase and went home for another year lived on their own terms.  Where do Junior High students learn this?  They learn it each Sunday when they see their parents, grandparents, pastors, elders and others dusting off Jesus for the weekend service.  They don’t see Jesus going with them into life lifting people up out of bad situations.  They don’t see Jesus going with them loving the most unlovely people culture has to offer.  They see Jesus hanging on a wall of a church wondering if this is what he died for.

3 responses to “Dusting Jesus…”

  1. This really struck home for me. Your writing style makes the reader feel like you are writing directly to them. I really can’t say this enough, you truly have a gift. I am glad that the Lord is using you to get such wonderful messages across!

  2. If you read the Book of acts then you did notice that the emphasis on the Holy Spirit, and distributing money, food to the local poor people was part of the reason the churches next were so popular and growing. While in contrast today many Chruches. pastors, members, adherents, are selfish cheapskates.

    Secondly all pastors, elders, ministers should be called specifically for their Ministry directly by God. Most of them today have not been called for the ministry, for they are hirelings.

    True pastors, elders, ministers would firstly daily read their Bible for one hour and pray daily for others.


  3. “They look like it was a portrait commission by Christ himself, except not. ”
    ha i have one of those in my room, and thats what i was thinking about today when i tried to find the same picture…. 🙂
    but i totally agree with you. i’m in high school and i see people do this all the time, and i’m also guilty of it too.
    thanks for making me think.

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