And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me’ – Matthew 25:45 NLT.
It is very important how you treat each and every person you encounter, because you may never know when exactly you encounter GOD unknowingly. Even the ones that may appear to be least in our eyes may just be GOD standing right in front of us. The above verse triggered in me a thought that Jesus could come unbeknown to us in any form and at any time, therefore we ought to be ready at all times for Him and to treat everybody well as commanded us in the Scriptures.
With every person you encounter, you must relate to them as though you were relating to Jesus Himself. What you would willingly do for Jesus should be what you are willing to do for mere man. Can we really treat our fellow men as we would Jesus? Of course. The only issue we have as Christians is that we are willing to pray about everything else except our heart and character.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters (Colossians 3:23). Isn’t it just amazing that this Word starts with “whatever” and not “some things”? This means that anything less than good that we do to/for others is not justifiable. We have a bigger responsibility as “sheep”, and unfortunately the responsibility does not allow us a choice as to who we treat right and who we don’t, who we take care of and who we don’t, who we love and who we don’t. So Jesus wants us to treat each other, even the least among us, the same way that we would treat Him.
Serve your boss as you would serve Jesus, talk to your colleague as you would talk to Jesus, treat your employee as you would treat Jesus, this is not for them but for GOD’s sake. I do not know about you but to me this seemed a tad bit hard when it was revealed. But then I reminded myself that I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. You do not know the time of your visitation. You do not know the vessel GOD will use for your visitation so be kind to everyone, always.
The only issue we have as Christians is that we are willing to pray about everything else except our heart and character