“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers (Galatians 6:9,10).”
Those who know me well are aware that I do not have the most winsome personality. My less than pleasing way of attracting and engaging others is something genetically inherent in the males of my family. In fact, my wife sometimes tells me I look like a thug.
So she and others would be surprised to learn that I have been trying to connect with people as I learn my way around my new community and workplace. In talking with people I have learned things about them that go beyond their supposed roles and appearance.
In another post I mentioned meeting a woman at a 7-Eleven who had lived in the same house I grew up in. Yesterday, I also met other people that had interesting stories. One of my new colleagues is a woman from India who writes short stories. The clerk at the department store is a high school kid who is one of the top runners in the state, with a huge scholarship to a local university. A Korean student visiting my workplace is training to be a surgical nurse, a job currently in high demand. I could go on.
The rulers of Palestine in New Testament times had no idea who they had encountered in the apostle Paul. Like a lot of government leaders, they thought themselves to be hot stuff. Paul was just an intriguing prisoner, a curiosity. When the king and queen met with him, the Bible says they “came with great pomp” (Acts 25:23).
This story and my own recent experiences have given me pause. You never know who you are talking with. If we knew, we might treat them differently even though we might have what most people would consider a higher status. Who knows, we might even be meeting up with angels (Hebrews 13:2), or even more importantly, a brother or sister in Christ.