“Mister, Are You, Jesus?” (Received from Larry Smith)

I received this today from  one of our  members  at Cherry Street Church  of Christ, Larry Smith.   Hope you are  blessed by it and that it  helps you  in your  Christian walk as  you  strive to be conformed to the  image of the Son of God and  grow in the grace and  knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ!


MISTER, ARE YOU JESUS?

 A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago.  They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner.  With tickets and briefcases, in the rush inside the terminal, one of the salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples.  Apples flew everywhere.  Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding.

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, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight.  Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal 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 to care for 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 and are you okay?”  She nodded through her tears.  He continued on with, “I hope we didn’t spoil your day too badly.”

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl, smiling, called out to him, “Mister….”  He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes as she continued,

“Are you Jesus?”

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

Do people mistake your actions for those of Jesus?

That’s our destiny, is it not?  To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace. If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would.

Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church.  It’s actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.

You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised by a fall.  He stopped what He was doing and picked you and me up on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our
damaged fruit.

Please share this, IF you feel led to do so.  Sometimes we just take things for granted, when we really need to be sharing what we know…
 We need to remember at this busy Christmas season that their are people out there who are looking for Jesus and we need to be the face and hands and feet and arms of Jesus, reaching out.  Are you Jesus?  We all need to think about that one.


 

Yours in the Blessed Hope, (Titus 2:13)

 

Larry Miles

 

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