Jay's eDevotionals  

Jun 25

EXCUSE ME, ARE YOU JESUS?

I recently encountered a wonderful story about acting like Jesus in our broken world. As you read this account ask yourself the question, "how would I respond?"

A few years ago a group of salesmen attended a convention in Chicago. They assured their wives that they would be home in time for Friday night's dinner. In their rush through the terminal, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Fruit flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for the final boarding call.

ALL BUT ONE! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.

He told his buddies to go on without him and he asked them to call his wife when they arrived home and explain that he would be taking a later flight. Then he returned to the section of the terminal where the apples were all over the floor. He was glad he did.

The 16 year old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping and no one caring about her plight.

The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had  become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another  basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. She nodded through her tears. He continued on by consoling, 'I hope we didn't ruin your day.'

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, 'Mister....' He paused and turned to look back. She continued, 'Are you Jesus?'

He stopped in mid-stride and absorbed the question. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question bouncing about in his soul: Are you Jesus?

Do people mistake you for Jesus? If we claim to know Him, we should walk, talk, act and react in ways that are shaped by His pattern and His presence in our lives. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It's actually living the Word as life unfolds each day.

"For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to FOLLOW IN HIS STEPS." 1 Peter 2:21

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