MANY CHRISTIANS ARE NO LONGER FISHERS OF MEN, BUT KEEPERS OF THE AQUARIUM
Got this from someone I got to years ago via InspiringThots. It came as an email and my response shortly afterward.
This wasn't in my blog, but yes I have read this before and good to read it again.
What do you think? I think Jesus is lost because of us. We who carry the banner of Christianity are confusing and even turning away those who aren't believers. Rare for a blind girl to ask a question like in the story. I supposed she only did so because prior events, which could go back a long way have prepared her for this.
Therefore we shouldn't expect people to ask if we are Jesus as that would be rare. What we must do is to participate in the many steps leading to that moment and we accept that we may not be there to witness it. After all, we live by faith. Events will eventually catch up with faith. What a pity if we never have sown seeds of faith!
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On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 1:44 PM, <> wrote:
Hello Sing Cher, I think I may have read something similar to this on your blog but just in case I'm sending it to you. Enjoy. God Bless, S????a.
MANY CHRISTIANS ARE NO LONGER FISHERS OF MEN,
BUT KEEPERS OF THE AQUARIUM.
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 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. If we claim to know Him, we should 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. You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised by
a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked you and me up on a hill called Calvary and
paid in full for our damaged fruit.
Please share this...
Sometimes we just take things for granted, when we really
need to be sharing what we know.....Thanks.