~by Elizabeth Lapp
“…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40
I was seated at a table for eight at a wedding reception, with five seats taken. A man with slurred speech and gnarled hands stumbled toward our table. The young man seated next to me enthusiastically called, “Hello! Come sit with us!” As the man sat down, he awkwardly bumped the table and caused a cup of coffee to spill. The young man, already engaged in their conversation, never appeared to notice. I was impressed. What a picture of Jesus! How like Jesus are you? It’s not hard to be kind to the popular, perfect, proper people. It’s not a task to be pious, prayerful, and prim on a Sunday morning. It’s not so difficult to be polite, thoughtful and gracious to a complete stranger. But how much do you exemplify Christ on a Monday or when interacting with the “peculiar” in your own family? If you are crude and selfish, rude and gloomy, hard-hearted and exacting, or anxious and complaining on a regular basis, you are not Christ-like. If your tongue is sharp and your spirit bitter, your work sloppy, your speech dirty, and your attitude rotten, you are not living like Christ. Your profession of Christianity will be questioned if it is not consistent. Be like Jesus!