March 18, 2012

Live Like Jesus – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

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.  Well, as such things go, one thing led to another. The sales manager went longer than anticipated and the meeting ran overtime. Their flights were scheduled to leave out of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, and they had to race pell mell to the airport.  With tickets in hand, they barged through the terminal to catch their flight back home. In their rush, with tickets and brief cases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of baskets 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, experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned and remembered his responsibilities.

He told his buddies to go on without him, waved goodbye, 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 into the baskets, and helped set the display up once more. 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 $20 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 heart: “Are you Jesus?”

Do people mistake you for Jesus?

That’s our responsibility, is it not?  To be so much like the man, Jesus, that people see Him in us, as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.

If we are Christians…we are to walk in his footprints.  “Those who say that they live in him must live the same way he lived,” GWORD  (I John 2:6).

Living in Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to worship services. It’s actually putting His words and examples into practice, as life unfolds day to day.

Zechariah spoke of God’s chosen bride, Israel when he called them “the apple of His eye,” (Zech 2:8). Today, we Christians are the apple of His eye, even though we, too, have been bruised by a fall, one for which we are fully responsible. In spite of our just blameworthiness, He stopped what He was doing and picked you and me up on “a place called Golgotha”(Matt.27:33) where He paid in full for our “damaged fruit.”

“You were once dead… But God made you alive with Christ when he forgave all our failures.  He did this by erasing the charges that were brought against us by the written laws God had established. He took the charges away by nailing them to the cross.” GWORD (Col.2:13-14).

“But now Christ has brought you back to God by dying in his physical body. He did this so that you could come into God’s presence without sin, fault, or blame,” GWORD (Col. 1:22).

Let’s live as if we appreciate it.

(Adapted from an anonymous author)

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