7 Answer me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Psalm 143:7
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get a glimpse of God? Moses got a brief glimpse at the glory of God. Of course those living during the days when Jesus was on earth saw God face to face. Most, however, didn’t realize who He was.
The writer of the Book of Hebrews warned us that we might encounter an angel as a stranger on the street.
Twenty years ago Joan Osborne wrote the very popular secular song, “One of Us”, that asked the same question:
What if God were one of us,
just a slob like one of us.
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
All of this is certainly something to think about as we go through our days. You just never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll say. Even Jesus taught us that when we do something for “the least of these”, we may very well encounter Jesus himself. The point he was trying to drive home is that you just never know about people. It certainly begs the question, “do we treat those who are different from us the same way we treat those who are similar to us?
In other words, do we treat a homeless man as we would treat the business owner? Would we treat people of different color different than those of our own race? Only you can answer those questions. We’d like to think we would treat those each of those sets of people equally, but it’s difficult to know unless we have been “tested” in those areas.
The more we are like Christ, the more likely we are to treat all people fairly and equally.