How we treat other people speaks volumes about the true nature of our character. We may display a warm bubbly personality when we are in a crowd of people, but not actually be a warm and inviting type of person in private. One day we will be held in account for the way we treat our fellow humans.
Jesus is actually going to call us to give an account for our actions toward what he referred to as “the least of these” my brethren. Like it or not, we generally view people through a lens which immediately determines whether or not someone might be worthy of our help in a given situation. We may view prisoners in our Corrections System as “unworthy” candidates because they are in prison for a crime and secondly they probably don’t want help anyway. Someone walks by in shabby, dirty clothing and asks for five bucks for a burger. Do we shun them because we are repulsed by the way they look? There are numerous ways we can make that “17 second” difference in a person’s life just by being kind and helping out just a bit.
Jesus talked about visiting prisoners, clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, visiting the sick and taking in strangers as a true means of ministry to Him. “Whatever you do to the least of these my brethren, you do it unto Me!” So, how well have you treated Jesus today?