In the course of my work day I am in a position to bless many people without them ever having to know who I am. I’m a familiar face to them after a while, but they still don’t know me, and best part is they don’t need to. Those who look my way as they come and go, recognize me, and the smile on their face as they come or as they go let’s me know at times that I’ve blessed them in some way.
This daily experience has been a lesson for my private life as well. What I have to say and do doesn’t depend on WHO I AM, it depends on who I am doing it for. Who am I trying to please?
In Matthew 25:31-46 there is a scenario described by Jesus of the final judgment day. “The least of these” are described in detail. In our times things haven’t changed much. They are the hungry, or thirsty. They are strangers. The naked, or imprisoned, or sick. Any of these are the kind of people who can do nothing to help themselves, nor help you. Helping them out won’t result in them doing anything in return for you.
Yet, none of the least of these would interrupt your giving them a cup of cold water, something to eat, or some warm clothing on a cold winter’s day – to ask you “Who do you think you are?” But if they did, I could say, “nobody in particular, God loves you, and he sent me along to give you a drink.”
But if there’s a word of encouragement, or exhortation, then there’d quite possibly be that question, “just who do you think you are?” and the message itself would be, “if it’s the truth, and God would have you hear it, take it up with him, as for me, I’m nobody in particular, just one who is obedient to his call.”
I’m inspired by Jesus’ example as told to us in the gospel of John,