02/25/2017 - “Like Jesus” or “Right Jesus?”
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” Matt 9:36.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a goal that every Christian should have before thinking that they are ready to go to heaven – being like Jesus.
Today, I am going to take one more step and challenge you with another objective, even higher than the previews one – “to be Jesus.”
How can we “be Jesus?” Jesus was just the Son of God and God Himself manifested in flesh. Can we “be Jesus?”
It was hard for me to understand this issue until I read an interesting story. It is about “a little boy who had lost both legs. To survive, he begged on a street corner. One day he sat propped up against a building with his tin cup and pencils, hoping a few people would buy a pencil for a few nickels or dimes. A man running to catch the bus tripped over the boy, knocked him over and sent the tin cup and the few coins sprawling along the sidewalk. Ahead, he saw the bus quickly approaching. Looking back he saw the boy lying on the sidewalk. Quickly he came back, propped the boy up against the building, gathered the coins, and returned the cup to the boy. Just as he started back toward the bus the boy called out to him. “Hey, Mister.” The man paused to look back. The boy asked, 'Are you Jesus?' " Larry W Nickel, Jesus Glasses
I don’t know how much that boy knew about Jesus, but the compassion and care of that man made him think that he was Jesus. There are people around us who do not know too much theology. They do not know the meaning of the prophecies from Daniel and Revelation, but when a person with a spirit of compassion and love bends over them and helps them, to them, “he is Jesus.”
It was very difficult to forgive myself for failing to “be Jesus.” One day, at the door of a store, an old lady offered me something hand-made to buy. I was in a hurry and instead of taking time to show compassion (like Jesus for the crowds), I was running to “catch the bus.” Later on, I couldn’t find any excuse for failing to “be Jesus.” I am still ashamed of myself, and the face of that poor old lady offering something made by her own hands to me is still hunting me.
Anytime when we show compassion on people in need, when we love them in a practical way, when we take time to listen to their story, we are “like Jesus,” we “are Jesus to them.”
Would you like to “be Jesus” for someone in need this week?