Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dusting Off Jesus

As I was cleaning my kitchen last week, I noticed my Jesus plate tucked away in a corner of my kitchen.  I leave it out all year and it is visible, but I thought to myself, "Why is Jesus in the corner, especially at Christmas?!" 

Carefully I pulled Jesus out of the corner.  He was dusty.  I gave the Jesus plate a good run under the kitchen sink faucet and wiped the dust from the exterior ceramic.

This plate deserves a better location than the corner!  Jesus deserves to be center stage.  I found the perfect spot for Him.  He is now sitting front and center on top of my fireplace mantle. 

So much better than in the corner collecting dust!   

Where is Jesus in your home?  Is He sitting in some corner collecting dust or is He front and center?

Do you only get Jesus out at Christmas and leave Him alone tucked away the rest of the year?

If your Bible has dust on it, it is time to get it out, blow it off, and open it.  When the Word of God is collecting dust in our homes, it is a sure sign that our hearts are collecting dust as well.

With the business of the season, it is easy to be about husseling and busseling while keeping Jesus tucked away, forgotten.  Christmas is all about Jesus.  Let's not keep him tucked away in a corner.  Let's display Him for all to see!  He makes all things beautiful (even a mantle!).  

My mantle seemed void of something until I added Jesus.  Jesus completed the mantle.

Likewise, Jesus completes me.   I need Jesus!  My life was void of something until Jesus.    

This story is a complete reflection of what Jesus did for me....

I was in a corner collecting dust (and dirt, grime, filth, etc.).  When Jesus found me, He dusted me off, ran me under the faucet of His cleansing blood and wiped away all the dirt.  Then He displayed me proudly for all to see.

He calls us a display of His splendor (Isaiah 61:3). I want to display His beauty, not keep it hidden.  His beauty goes unnoticed when tucked away in some corner. We need to display Him proudly and boldly proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Not just at Christmas, but everyday let's keep Him front and center and not in some corner collecting dust. Let's keep Jesus free of dust so our lives can also be dust free and glorify Him!

Dear Heavenly Father,  forgive me for times I have kept you in some corner of my life.  Forgive me for times I have let you collect dust.  I need you each and everyday.  I need you to come and cleanse me of my dust, dirt and sins.  Cleanse my heart, oh God and renew a right spirit within me (Ps 51:10).  My life is empty without you.  Help me keep You the center of my life.  I pray that as I keep you in the center, my life would glorify you.  Thank you for the gift of Your precious Son, JesusKeep my heart steadfast on Him.  In Jesus name, Amen.  

Merry Christmas Living Free in Him  readers!  You all bless me so much!  Thank you for coming here to hear what the Lord has laid on my heart.  Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas!  (And remember to keep Jesus dusted!) {smile}
Love you, Sue


  1. I love this, Sue. You ARE a display of His Splendor. I adore you.

  2. Another awesome post, Babe! You truly share messages from God each time you write. Love ya.

  3. Beautiful Jesus...front and center!!! LOVE THIS!

  4. I love this and it is so true. What do we do with Jesus all year? Your post made me pause and think as well. Thank you!

    Jennifer Newsom
    OBS Group Leader

  5. "Not just at Christmas, but everyday let's keep Him front and center and not in some corner collecting dust. Let's keep Jesus free of dust so our lives can also be dust free and glorify Him!" How come it can be so easy to keep Him in the corner? Thank you for the reminder and gentle nudge to keep Jesus free of dust so our lives will ultimately glorify Him.
    Merry Christmas,~b

  6. Thank you everyone! Merry Christmas!

  7. Yes, Jesus at the center of it all.


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