The last Saturday of February, we had a men’s fellowship breakfast up at the church. After eating some phenomenal juevos rancheros, we divided up and went to work cleaning different areas of the church. This probably comes as a shock to my parents, but I do actually know how to clean!
Because there were a lot of us, I took on the task of dusting corners and evicting any spiders that may have been moving into the church. I made my way around the building, duster in hand, feeling pretty proud of myself. And then, it happened. I found a face full of dust.
Now, I’m not implying that the church doesn’t get cleaned regularly. I AM saying that the top of that decorative window frame that’s 10 feet in the air probably hadn’t been dusted in a while. As the dust rained down on me, I flashed back to all the other things that have dusted me before.
Ceiling fans, tops of televisions, fast food menu boards, even the shelves where the old instruments were stored at Angelo State. It was like my life flashed before my eyes, but it was only the dirty, dusty moments that flashed back to me.
Let’s face it, we’ve all looked up on occasion and discovered a vent that was dirty and we don’t know how long it’s been that way. Or found a ceiling fan that we never suspected was filthy. It sneaks up on you, because it’s not something you’re focused on. It’s the classic case of out of sight, out of mind.
The next day, at our Unity Service, Pastor Tommy gave a sermon about the Lord’s Supper. He reminded us of the importance of reflection. You see, our Christian walk is just like our homes. Without regular introspection, we might lose sight of the little things that are gathering dust.
The Apostle Paul put it this way in 2 Corinthians 13:5. “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” If Christ Jesus is in us, the Light of the World is illuminating every corner of our lives. Don’t shy away from a long hard look in the mirror. Examine your heart. See if there are any thoughts or feelings you have let grow that aren’t worthy of being in the presence of Christ.
Paul wrote in Romans that the sacrifice we give as Christians is our very lives. Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Don’t let your sacrifice be tainted by holding onto sin or refusing to let Jesus change your heart. Be moldable. Let yourself grow daily more and more like Jesus.
And the more we are like Jesus, the less dust we’ll have to be ashamed of when somebody comes along and shakes us up a bit.