A Living Example

Acts 4:13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

The KJV and others use the word boldness instead of courage. As followers of Christ we too are to be bold and courageous in our everyday lives. How wonderful to be such an example that someone would take notice and say “these men have been with Jesus”. Col 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The story below about the salesmen has been around for quite some time. I like the message and feel it is worth sharing. How often, in our busy lives have we “kept on walking”? 

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.

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. 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.

2 comments for “A Living Example

  1. Meowmix
    February 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    What a humbling experience for someone to mistake us for Jesus. Only………I think……….that’s how it’s supposed to be. I hope…….I sincerely hope……..I am able to not be so busy and consumed with self that I don’t transmit the love and compassion of Him Who showed so much for me.

  2. January 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I was thinking this would end with the first flight crashing and the other salesmen all dying a horrible fate. I guess not every story has a storybook ending for funeral directors!

    Good stuff. This goes hand in hand with what I’m reading in John Ortberg’s book … letting that Spiritual river of life (Jesus/Holy Spirit) flow through us to bless others. Living out a flourishing life so that others may intentionally be blessed.

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