Are We Like 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.
In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these
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, 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 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 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 as she
continued, “Are you Jesus?”
He stopped in mid-stride, then slowly made his
way to catch the later flight with that question
burning and bouncing about in his soul.
Do people think we act like Jesus?
Our destiny is to be like Him as we live and
interact with a world that is blind to His Love,
Life and Grace! That’s why we’re here!
If we claim to know Him, we should do
our best to 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.