Apples…

Posted: April 18, 2013 in Colossians 3
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Colossians 3:13 (AMP.) ed, be gentle and forbearing (even-tempered) with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning (content with second place) each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven (as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you) you, ed must also [forgive]. (MSG) Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.

For me this story illustrates Colossians 3.

Apples… 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, 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. He gently went back and said, “No, I am nothing like Jesus – He is good, kind, caring, loving, and would never have bumped into your display in the first place. “The girl gently nodded: “I only asked because I prayed for Jesus to help me gather the apples. He sent you to help me, so you are like Him – only He knows who will do His will. Thank you for hearing His call, Mister.” 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 me for Jesus?

That’s my destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as i live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace. If i claim to know Him, i should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting scripture and going to church or doing a post. It’s actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day .

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Comments
  1. ldipascal says:

    What a wonderfully thought provoking story. Something I can glean from today.

    Thank you,

    Leah

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