Recently, reading this familiar verse has caused me to re-think
how I can possibly identify my brothers and sisters in Christ.
In this parable, the King in glory says the faithful ones gave
food to him, drink to him, clothing to him, looked after him
when sick and visited him in jail. Perplexed, the faithful ones
ask when did they do all this? But Jesus was speaking of those
he called ‘brothers of mine’. Now my prayer has become,
‘Please show me your brothers and sisters to whom I can
minister today in your name’. One of the major lessons I am
learning is the importance of treating all mankind as if each
were a relative of the King. For the relatives of the King may
come disguised as a drunk, a mean boss or even as a hurtful
spouse. I learned this lesson the hard way.