In Part 1 of this blog series, I talked about my humble beginnings and how it gave me an understanding of what country living is all about. If you would like to read Part 1, you can check it out here.
Jesus made it very clear during His time on earth that how we treat other people says a lot about who we are, how we see ourselves, and how we view God. It’s very easy to get caught up in our world’s way of looking at life that we end up getting away from our country roots and losing sight of who we are and what we believe. That is why we have to be reminded that every encounter we have with another person matters. The young cahier at the grocery store, the gray-haired greeter at Wal-Mart, your kid’s soccer coach…they all matter. While we don’t have to have a deep, meaningful conversation with every person we see, we never know when a simple act of kindness might have a huge ripple effect.
Chuck Colson, a famous Christian writer and speaker once said, “Jesus spoke to those to whom no one spoke; He dined with the lowest members of society; He touched the untouchable.” I think that sums up Jesus pretty well.
Jesus knew how to treat people, and He continues to give us a model that’s as relevant now as it was a couple of thousand years ago. Just like the Samaritan woman at the well, He continues to offer each of us a cold drink of water that quenches us way down deep beyond the cool trickle in our throats. Jesus offers us something that will satisfy any and all of our longings in life. What He offers will give us a sense of fulfillment that nothing else of this world can.
Jesus talks about this in the book of John.
John 4:13-14 (NIV)
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Just as Jesus can give us everything we could ever need, we have the same privilege of being Jesus to those around us and offering them the same life-giving encounters. As believers, we are Jesus’ workers here on earth. He lives inside every believer so that we can pass Him on to others. It is something that is meant to flow out of us and we need to be sure that we do that every chance we can.
I want us to take on the challenge of focusing on treating each person we meet this week like we want to be treated. Let’s start with this week and then work to make it a thing we do day in and day out.