Monday, March 23, 2009


I was out of town last week on a trip. I returned to a car covered in a greenish/yellow dust. I wasn't all that surprised, so I wasn't all that annoyed. The trees, flowers and everything else budding and spreading their dust in hopes of creating new life seem to cover everything this time of year.

So what's this got to do with God and devotion? 

I think that we can learn a lot about evangelism from this green dust that causes so many allergy problems this time of year. Evangelism has always been something I've struggled with- it's difficult to do and not come across as overly pious or even worse, cheesy. We are called to "go and make disciples," but I don't think I'm the only one that struggles with exactly how to do this. And here is what we can learn from the budding life and dust:

"Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king." 1 Peter 2:16-17

Live your life in such a way that others cannot help but to wonder why you behave the way you do. Live in such a way that your love covers all that you come into contact with. I wonder how the world would be different if we could all live according to the requirements of God as described in Micah 6:8?

Strive to leave the mark of Christ's love and the promise of new life in your world this week.


Jason Huffman said...

Nice thoughts...I love the illustration of the pollen dust. I too have struggled with evangelism and unfortunately it's not something we discuss a lot in the Methodist church (at least here). I like the analogy.

Russ Bowlin said...

thanks for the comment Jason. We had a running joke when I was in youth that "the first rule of evangelism is that you do not talk about evangelism."...a play on the Fight Club line... said in jest, but it's probably true all too often for churches and many Christians (as mentioned, myself included).