For many the red carpet represents fame, fortune and accolade. Since the twenties the red carpet has been associated with Hollywood stardom, showcasing our film stars. Getting the “red carpet treatment,” is a saying dating back to 1902 when special train passengers were welcomed aboard an exclusive express car. But looking back further, the red carpet dates back to ancient Greece and was reserved for royal feet. The red color was special as the dye was difficult and expensive to make from the cochineal insect.
I do not ever expect to walk on the red carpet. But according to the verse for today, I can be on a path that leads to immortality. I am not receiving accolades from the media or any official recognition. But there is One watching where I put my feet. I am stepping on a way of righteousness. That righteousness does not come from me but from Christ. The path is red with His blood as He made a way for me, living a sinless life because I could not.
Because of the cross, my path leads to an eternity with Him! There, all the accolades and glory will go to Him. He deserves all my praise and gratitude. The one-dimensional tributes and trophies given here will pale in comparison to the eternal reality that awaits. He wants me to persevere in doing what He wants, staying on that path in order to receive what He has promised (Heb. 10:36). It is just not important that there is no recognition here. I would rather walk on those streets of gold than any tawdry red carpet!
Lord, keep me focused on pleasing You today.