“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”(Matthew 25:37-40).
One of the hottest reality TV series today is “Undercover Boss.” Here’s the deal: Each episode follows high-level corporate executives as they slip anonymously into the everyday, inner workings of their own companies. Each week the show features a different executive who leaves their corporate office in total disguise to go on an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their company.
Disguised as a common employee the top executive gets to observe how other employees do their work, treat their customers and their fellow workers, as well as what they think of the company they work for. And little do the employees know that when they think they are serving a fellow employee they are really serving the undercover boss. And when they mistreat their fellow employee they are really mistreating the undercover boss.
What a great thing to remember! Jesus comes disguised among our brothers and sisters in need. When we serve them, we serve Him. When we bless them, we bless Him. When we shun them, we shun Him.
Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. But there is a second command that is like the first … love your neighbor as yourself. You cannot separate the two. To love our God will inevitably mean that we will love our neighbor. To fail to love our neighbor means we don’t fully love our God.
And who is my neighbor? One day a Jewish leader asked Jesus that very question. Jesus went on to answer him by telling the famous Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). The hero in the parable is the Samaritan (whom Jews typically despised) who was merciful to his “neighbor” … an abused, wounded stranger along the road.
So as you go about your life every day remember that as you have opportunities to love and serve the needy and the hurting you are facing an opportunity to serve our Undercover Boss … our precious Savior Jesus Christ.