No, I am not talking about throwing on the stereotypical white robe, growing a long beard and walking among lepers (although you may do that if you’d like.) I’m talking about being Jesus Himself.
Is it even possible? Of course, it is!
Before you start raising that eyebrow any further, let me just say this.
Everyone nowadays talks about wanting to change the world. Getting rid of hunger, poverty, disease, graft and corruption… So many social issues out there need to be addressed, and we all know that this cannot be abolished or cured overnight. We also know this cannot be addressed by the increase of number in bishops, priests, nuns, or pastors. This can only be possible with the efforts of ordinary people, like you and me.
Let’s look at it this way. Why are there so many branches of McDonalds everywhere? Across the entire globe? Surely, the owners of McDonalds saw the potential in their juicy burgers and delicious fries to make more people happy. So they preserved their ingredients, cared for their menu, perfected their packaging, and opened more branches within the city. More than six decades later, they have become the world’s largest fast food chain, serving around 65 million customers in 119 countries.
God operates the same way. He, like the owner of McDonalds, gave us Jesus as His main dish, in all of His glorified goodness. Jesus was given to us not to fill our physical hunger, but to fill our emotional and spiritual appetite. His ingredients are filled with the universal virtues of faith, hope, and love. Jesus was selflessly shared to us to be “the way, the truth, and the life!”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16, NIV
The light and love of Jesus Christ was meant to be shared with everyone. It was not meant to stay only within the premises of the church. This was God’s genius plan. He wanted a Kingdom of heaven on earth, and the only way for God to accomplish that was through you! By letting you become Jesus to someone else.
You as a reader, you as a teacher, you as an engineer, you as an architect, you as a saleslady, you as a doctor, you as a lawyer, you as a student, you as a father, you as a mother, you as a sibling, you as a son, you as a daughter, you as a sinner, you as your awesomely IMPERFECT self.
Not good enough? Not holy enough? Not “Christian” enough? It does NOT matter. God does not have high standards. He loves you unconditionally in all of your imperfections, and He continues to believe in you.
You, like every one else, have an innate sense of goodness in your heart. You, just like every body else, are capable of moving mountains with your words, your actions, your presence, your works, your passion, your personality, and your service.
My friend, you do not understand the impact you can have in someone’s life, by being Christ-like. This is your mission. This is your purpose in life.
You can be Jesus to someone on a personal level by using your heart, and on a practical level by your actions.
On All Souls Day this year, I experienced this.
I was on my way home from visiting my grandmother’s grave. It was around 9:00 in the evening, and the downpour of the rain made it hard for me to hail a cab. In the Philippines, rain also meant heavy traffic everywhere. Because I lived two hours away from the cemetery, all the cab drivers either told me they needed to eat first, or told me straight-up that my destination was too far.
By the time the sixth cab driver ignored me, I began to lose hope. I was cold, wet from the rain, and tired. I kept shifting my weight from one leg to another because my feet started to hurt. I knew it was going to take forever for me to get a cab ride, so I began to walk alone to another place where I could hopefully get an easier ride. From time to time, I would look over my shoulder to see if there would be any cabs on the street.
Finally, about two hours later, a cab I weakly hailed stopped in front of me. I positioned myself by the passenger side and waited for him to roll the window down first because I knew he was going to ask where I was headed. To my surprise, he just patiently waited inside. I helped myself into the car and nervously told him where I was headed, mentally preparing for a decline. But no, he calmly agreed with a smile.
I made it home safe and sound that evening with a very expensive cab fare. But you know what? I could not complain. That cab driver was Jesus to me, and I will never forget that experience. I was moved. I was saved.
It does not take much to be Jesus to someone. A good heart and a good deed is all it takes.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. – John 14:12 NIV
Let’s be Jesus to someone someday, everyday.