There’s been a point in our lives – when we weren’t really ourselves… Whether that is if we were acting as someone else for a bit in a play, dressed up for Halloween or perhaps- we mentally, checked out, even if we were physically there…
It’s interesting to see how people will treat us, when they don’t realize it is really us… We can get a whole new perspective in life. Or – if we have an illness, and we aren’t truly ourselves, they can begin to treat us differently and react to the illness-instead of giving us the normalcy that we need.
I was inspired to write about this certain topic, because I attended church service where I work as an Administrative Aide. The pastor spoke of the verse Matthew 25: 31-46. The men didn’t help their fellow brothers, for they did not see Jesus. Man should always help their fellow brother, or treat others as they would treat themselves… even if they do not know or recognize them.
(“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
That verse can truly mean a lot… It is amazing how people can judge or treat someone differently, if they do not know who they are…Or are fearful of who they could be. We often fear those that we are unfamiliar with.
And in our lives, when others believe we have “become someone different,” we can be treated differently too-because of a change of circumstance. We may no longer carry a certain title, such as somebody ‘s spouse, a job position or career title… Changes in life, can affect how others see and treat us.
We can see the true identity of those around us when we become incognito…
You never really know – who might be watching you… Or what angel you could be assisting. Treat your brothers and sisters with equality– whether they are refugees, prisoners, non-believers or even of other religions.
Feed those who ask for food, clothe the unclothed, water those who are thirsty…Without question.
Not only is the King above listening- he is watching and among us in every form….