Mister, Are You Jesus? – A Preacher’s Story

 

 

 

 

Mister, Are You Jesus? – A Preacher’s Story

James 2:14-17

The lights lowering,
The sermon ending,
The preacher telling
An old story, wending.

A little orphaned boy
On a street corner, apples selling.
Most too busy to buy,
But “Apples – 5 cents!” he’s yelling.

The Great Depression –
Sales on his existence depending
Getting by as best he could.
Meager money for spending.

A businessman rushing by,
But not intending
Hit the apples, cascading.
Reaching down, bending.

Helping pick them up.
Paying much for the apples losing.
Handing the boy $20.00,
The situation defusing.

Sobbing and looking up,
Asking about the One who frees us,
Putting his small hand in big,
Crying out, “Mister, are you Jesus?”

The lights lowering,
The sermon ending,
The preacher telling
An old story, wending.

— Charles B. Mayes

Mister, Are You Jesus – A Preacher’s Story  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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This poem is based on a preacher’s old illustration of which there are several versions.  It reminds us to think about how we are helping people in the name of Jesus Christ.  Telling someone to be warmed and fed doesn’t cut it.  Could someone mistake you for Jesus?

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The Other Side of Ministry

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The Other Side of Ministry

The other side of ministry
Is when you feel dark and drear.
It’s when a person says a prayer
Or gives you some good cheer.

It’s when you’ve given to others
All your life through,
But now you feel the comfort
Of what others do for you.

It may be a word, a thought, a prayer
It may be a song or two.
When you know someone cares,
That someone cares for you.

It ministers to you.
In your heart you feel it there.
The precious love and concern
Despite your desperate despair.

The other side of ministry –
You sit there and now receive
And thank the Lord
For that person, who now you relieves.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Other Side of Ministry © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Sometimes it’s time to minister to others, and sometimes it is time to be ministered unto.  But whichever way it might be at the time, Jesus is always the same.  What a great promise and comfort!

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