Mistaken

March 31, 2016
by Robin Ross

How is it that so often, something happens, and later, as we think it over, we realize that we had a perfect opportunity to talk to someone about Jesus, but we weren't able to think fast enough?

To get my needed walking exercise (and get paid for it), I deliver various routes for our community newspaper as a substitute carrier. I've noticed that when I come around a corner unexpectedly, I tend to startle people. On one such occasion, the person blurted out, "Oh, Jesus! You scared me!" Of course, I apologized profusely, but later, I began to think about what I could have said: "No, I'm sorry. You've mistaken me for Jesus, but He is my best Friend!"

Then, I began to think what a great honour it would be to really be mistaken for Jesus. There are various stories on the Internet about a man who missed his plane or his train to help a child pick up a spilled jigsaw puzzle or a box of apples, and the child has asked, "Mister, are you Jesus?" But really, to be mistaken for Jesus is the whole point of being a Christian.

Romans 8:29 – For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (NLT)

One of the objectives that God has in mind when people believe in Jesus is that they should become Christlike. The long process of becoming holy like that is called "sanctification", being "conformed to the likeness of his Son", as the NIV puts it. God wants us to have "the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:16 NIV).

When Jesus was hanging dead on the cross, the devil must have rubbed his hands with glee at having gotten rid of the Son of God. What he didn't realize was that God's intention all along was that after Jesus rose from the dead and imparted His Spirit to thousands of believers, there would be thousands, even millions, of near-replicas of Jesus spreading God's Word, instead of just one Jesus! Sadly, that doesn't always happen — to our discredit.

Let's ask ourselves: What change do I need to make in my life to become more like Jesus? Could I actually be mistaken for Jesus, at least once in my lifetime?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we long to become like You. Sin crouches at our door, desiring to have us. Cleanse and purify us this day, that we might be mistaken for You. In Your name, we pray. Amen.

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Robin Ross <rross@telus.net>
Mission, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    What a great illustration encouraging us to become more like Jesus! Thanks for sharing your experience.
    Blessings.


    So be it Robin —— I must admit there have been times when I should have spoken up in Jesus name!
    Thank you for reminding us to be ready at all times, especialy as we watch the world turn away from Jesus.


    Yes Robin,
    You have hit the nail on the head with this devotional. I am in total agreement.
    The pet peeve of mine is when folks boast of being a Christian, and my Spirit gives me doubt because I do recognize the signs of them being one.
    It is my prayer your advice is well taken.
    You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act.
    Blessings to you, your family and ministry.


    Great challenge Robin.


    Awesome devotional, thank you.


    Amen, well said, Robin. Praying we truly be “little Christs”. Blessings.


    Good aspiration for all of us Robin. Well done.
    Blessings.


    Greetings, Thank you for your insightful and challenging Devotional.
    Blessings, in the name of Jesus. Amen


    Robin, this is a lovely devotional today. Thought provoking and well written. Thanks for sharing.


    Your devotional reminded me of an expression a friend often used.
    We are (should be) “Jesus with skin on”.


    Dear Robin:
    Very nicely and wisely said. May our good Lord continue to bless you with His words.


    Do I miss chances to witness, because I don’t think fast enough and/or on my feet? Always. It’s the story of my life. Thanks for your devotional, Robin.


    Are you repeating daily devotional so lately? We think we’ve read today’s recently and also the recent offering about Ananias and sapphira.
    (Ed. Note: Due to a problem with the mail server the devotionals were not sent out for 4 days. Therefore, they have been repeated.)


    What an excellent wake-up call Robin,
    Most often we are too busy in our daily routines to realize the potential opportunities the Lord places right in front of us.
    Thank you for writing this one.


    Hi Robin
    It was well worth reading and ingesting your message again. I pray that all, including me can become more Christ like and not miss an opportunity to spread the Word.
    God Bless.


    Hi Robin
    You lay down a great challenge (or more appropriately Jesus does! – I was confusing the two of you!)
    I believe that at definite – yet too few – times in my life, I could have been confused with Jesus.
    The big question for me is how to do that on a consistant, more regular basis.
    Thanks for the challenge!
    Blessings.


    Thank you Robin Ross, for such a beautiful devotion: Right away my thoughts went to that very old hymn: O to be like Thee blessed Redeemer.
    God bless you richly today; your thoughts blessed me.
    Walking with Jesus my Lord.


    Hi Robin
    After reading your devotional today it brought me to the Westminster confession and its statement of predestination.
    Much of our lives is spent on learning to make and making the right choices but part of Jesus’ ministry was turning everything upside down. In our relationship with God we are not the chooser but the chosen. The chosen to be conformed to the likeness of Christ. What a joyful experience versus the gut wrenching feelings we often have when we are the one making the choice.
    Again thank you for your devotional as it reminded me of whom I have been chosen by.


    I’m 63 years old now. Not once has anyone mistaken me for Jesus. This article is food for thought that I still have a long way to go in my walk with the Lord.
    Thank you.


    Robin – I loved your devotional; Oh, to be like Jesus, it would be so rewarding. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful thought. God bless you.

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