Are You Jesus?

This is one of those things that makes you stop and take a look at yourself.  I don’t want to forget that I am an ambassador for Christ, and in doing so, bring shame upon Him.

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. Hurrying to catch the
plane with tickets and briefcases, 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 vendor 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 or 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. 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 
called out to him, “Mister….” He paused and turned to look back into 
those blind eyes. 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 you for 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. 
 
We are the apple of His eye, even though we, too, have been bruised 
by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked us up on 
a hill called Calvary, paying in full for our damaged fruit.

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11 thoughts on “Are You Jesus?

  1. Sadly, no, all too often I am too much of me, and too little of Jesus.

    Carol, thanks for your prayers for my friends, Scott and Joanne. We are expecting miracles, however they end up looking! God has a plan and is working His plan…

    Linda, I don’t think any of us ever really display Jesus enough, but it is certainly something to strive for, and yes indeed, God can and does work miracles!

  2. Greetings. To daily become less like us and more like Jesus. This is an awesome testimony indeed. Thanks for sharing it.
    Be blessed always in Christ.

    timbob

    I believe anyone who wants to follow Jesus should strive for the goal of being more and more like Him. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Carol, this is a great story. It does make me wonder the other way around. I mean, how many times has someone been there for me… and do I say, “Are you Jesus”? We pray God to use people so His Glory would be known, and often times we don’t distinguish moments like these. Just my thoughts…

    Good thoughts, Diana! I can think of many times different ones have been “Jesus” to me. I remember one dear lady when I was struggling financially in college, gave both my brother and I money toward our tuition and even money to buy clothes for a new school year. There are even just simple things like someone coming up to you and telling you that they have been praying for you. I’m sure all of us have many distinguishing moments in our life when we stop and think about it.

  4. Carol: Great thought and story that we are ambassadors for Christ. It’s hard to live up to sometimes, especially when we feel we fall so short, but we go from day-to-day, helping just one sometimes and letting God use us in our frailty–making up the slack. HE IS FAITHFUL!!

  5. Carol: Thanks for the comment on my 28th entry. I know the song, The Comforter Has Come. Maybe that’ll be one of the songs we’ll be singing around the throne once He comes again! Wooh! Yeeeeesssssssss.

  6. Awesome, thought-provoking, convicting post, my Sissy Dear. Thanks for the reminder of who we are representing on our stay down here. May I always be mindful of this.

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