Gina Caswell Kelly wrote a devotional this week about a dusty Jesus, a Jesus who got right down in the trenches where hurting people live. She is right. We huddle in our Christian masses and worry about being clean enough for Christ. The truth is we need to get out on the highways and byways with him.
Jesus walked everywhere in the dry and thirsty land of Israel. There was no one too covered in sin for him. He touched hearts, he sat with and ate with sinners. He met them heart to heart, just as he first met us.
Are we too holy to be of any good to others? Do we remember where we came from; the mud that mired us and the quick sand that choked us? Are we now presenting a phony façade of holiness? Are we no longer even truthful to our own selves?
I remember watching a TV show about a high-class woman who was determined to run a reformed call girl out of town. It turned out that she was a former call girl trying to cover up her own past.
Never forget where you came from and who helped you get to a better place. It was Jesus and others who served him by getting dusty with his grace.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
That was you, friend. Do you really want to leave others there in the mud?