You Be Jesus

                    One of my favorite stories is about the mother who was preparing pancakes for her two sons, Kevin, age 5, and Ryan, age 3.  As the boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake, she saw an opportunity to teach a spiritual lesson. 

          “If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, ‘Let my brother have the first pancake.  I can wait.’” 

          Kevin then turned to his younger brother and said, “Ryan, you be Jesus!” 

          Aren’t we all just a little bit like Kevin?  We want others to be like Jesus without considering the fact that we are the ones who need to model the character of Christ. 

          In situations that call for sacrifice, service, or unselfishness, we want others to be like Jesus. We want others to give.  To minister.  To put others ahead of themselves.  But what about us?  Shouldn’t we want to be like Jesus? 

             We want others to be kind, compassionate and forgiving.  In short, we are saying, “You be Jesus.”  When other people are unkind, unconcerned and unforgiving, we are shocked. “Why can’t they be nice?” we opine.  “Why can’t she show some sympathy?”  “Why can’t he forgive and forget?  In other words, why can’ they be more Christ like?  But about you and me?  Should we not want to be more like the Master? 

          Here’s the reality.  I am the only person I can control. I can’t make others be more like Jesus. But I can! And I need to be more like Jesus.  The apostle Peter exhorted, “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps” (1 Pet. 2:21). 

          And so today as you go to work.  Attend meetings.  Drive on the highway.  Work out at the health club.  Interact with your neighbors.  Or attend church services.  Remember Kevin!  Don’t worry about what others are doing or not doing.  Work a little harder today and this week to be like Jesus. 

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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7 responses to “You Be Jesus

  1. Judy Bertram

    Thank you! Great lesson today. I am going to be doing a lesson on “kindess” soon and love some of these points. The story made me laugh…just like a child isn’t it…..just like us! Sure missing our Ms. Norma. Drinking coffee just isn’t the same without her. Tell her hello for me.


  2. Great post! (Does Jesus wear Crocs?)


  3. It is true that we cant see our a big weakness and we can see a little weakness of other. Everyone loves oneself it is a fact. If we love others then we can get love too. We should understand this result is that if I want to be loved by others, I should first give love to others. Thanx for cool post.


  4. Good post (despite the fact my name is Kevin!) Helpful thoughts.


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