Thursday, April 11, 2013

Excuse Me Are You Jesus - When Lyrics Speak

It's funny how sometimes songs that you have heard countless times before can sucker punch you in the gut. God can use a song at the exact time you need it to speak to you. This is what happened to me last Thursday night when I saw the Nelons. As Jason Clark began singing "Excuse Me Are You Jesus," it brought me back immediately to events that had just happened that day.

Recently at work, I along with my coworkers met a new employee who had fallen on some hard times. Through a series of events, she had been physically abused, found herself in shelters and was in the middle of trying to start a new life. We listened and tried to find ways to help her, but at the same time some of her stories didn't always add up.

On Thursday, she came over to ask a coworker and me for some money. She was getting paid the next day but needed help to get through the day. She promised that she would be able to repay us the next day. Normally I have no cash, but that day I did. Also, I am really cheap and watch carefully what I spend, so me giving someone money on impulse need or not really doesn't happen. I actually had a couple of different bills that day. One was the amount she asked for; the others were smaller. I'll be honest I was very hesitant to say that I had cash at all. Even when I pulled my wallet out I had intentions of grabbing a smaller bill, but my hands went right to the bill that was what she asked for. I still was hesitant, but felt like God was telling me to go ahead and give it to her. Somehow I knew despite the promise she was making to repay me that I wouldn't get it back. Sure enough that afternoon, only hours later, she was fired and wouldn't return to work.

We were slightly perplexed that afternoon thinking about the day's events. It was confusing, but at the same time you couldn't help but have sympathy for her and her situation. She didn't realize when she asked for the help how her situation would change for the worse later on.

When I heard "Excuse Me Are You Jesus?" that night, my mind definitely went to all the events earlier that day. We never know how we are going to get the chance to show Jesus to someone. Jason talked about keeping our eyes open for divine appointments that come our way. We never know how a simple acts can affect a person. I'm not sure if the lady saw my reluctance to help or not or if she even understood that I did it because I am a Christian.

That morning I was reading in 2 Corinthians and read these verses:

"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." - 2 Corinthians 9:6,7

Being perfectly honest, I was reluctant and not very cheerful about handing over my money. But I don't think it was a coincidence that God had me read those verses that morning and then all the events that occurred that day.

I'm so guilty of thinking so many times about what I don't have. I want more time or more money, but all of that comes from God. So why not share our gifts with others, whether that means stopping to help a blind girl pick up things or giving someone in need some extra money?

Jesus picked up all the pieces of our brokenness. He helped us in ways that we could never help ourselves. We pulled us up from where we were in our lowly state. He was willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for us.

The song reminds us that it's important to be mindful of how we represent Christ at all times. It doesn't hurt us to show extra kindness to those around us. It might not be the most convenient decision, we might miss a flight or be a little lower on cash that month, but why not reach out to others and keep in mind that we might be keeping a divine appointment to show Jesus to someone else.

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