Jesus Standing Outside

by | Jun 9, 1998 | Diligence

After listening to pre-recorded sermon on the radio, I get out of the car and walk to the building entrance. As I open the building door, I leave just enough room for me to get in, leaving Jesus standing outside as the door closes behind me. There He is, standing with His palms on the glass door as he watch me get on the elevator. Jesus eyes are sad as He turns and goes to sit on the stone bench outside. There He’ll sit patiently and wait for me for the next 8 hours.

Once I have arrived, I right away begin to complain about things not going right. Jesus, is sitting with His chin in His hand, looking upward toward the building, wishing He could help me.

By lunch time, I’m so flustered, regretting I work in this place and sputtering bitterness and negativity all over folks. Jesus comes around to the side of the building where my cubicle is located and He looks up from the ground trying to get my attention, but I can’t hear Him; my focus is on my problems.

Jesus goes back to the front of the building, sits down and patiently continues to wait for me. He thinks to Himself as He looks up to my floor, “I can’t believe she went in there defenseless. If only she had taken me in there with her. When will she learn?”

Finally, it is five o’clock. I am irritable and frustrated. As I am leaving the building, Jesus gets up happily to greet me, but, I’m in no mood for Him now. I have just been to hell and back and the last thing I want to do is be bothered with anyone.

Out of compassion, Jesus showed me myself, my day. He showed me each act I made, and worst of all, He allowed me to feel a small portion of how grieved He was because of my actions and attitude. I can’t believe that I not only left Jesus standing outside, but I practically let the door smack in His face and I came in here defenceless.

We completely forget to “take Jesus with us”. Although we may not go around cursing anyone out or punching anyone in the face, we still have to consider what are our actions and our attitudes are saying about us and about who or Whose we are?

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?…. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house” (Matthew 5:13-15).

We should never be the cause of confusion or a part of confusion. We should be the ones to bring our gifts and talents to the table to help in whatever area God has chosen for us to work in. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” (Col. 3:23).

Author unknown. If anyone has a proprietary interest in this story please authenticate and I will be happy to credit, or remove, as the circumstances dictate.

Thanks to Sherry M. Keith-Rudd


Jesus Standing Outside