The most important thing you’ll ever do is treat people well. Yes, that’s what God cares most about.
More than your church attendance, more than what you wear, more than your career, more than your music, more than your hobbie, and even more than what you put in the offering plate.
I’ll prove it.
Matthew chapter 5 23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice[e] at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.
Some of the people standing there that day would have had a 2 or 3 day walk back home! It must have sounded ridiculous to them, but that is how God feels about the way we treat people! Jesus literally told them if they had treated someone poorly to not bother offering a gift to God until they first went to their fellow human and made it right.
If you are a parent, imagine if I mistreated your child . . . now I come to you and apologize. What are you going to say (or at least think)? “Don’t bother talking to me until you apologize to my child.” You and I most likely will not be on speaking terms until I make it right with your kid. Once I make that right, everything’s alright.
On the other hand, imagine I stood up for or otherwise treated your child (or loved one) incredibly well when you weren’t around. I would be at the top of your list! You would probably buy my lunch if I let you; I’d probably be welcome in your house anytime.
Also, you don’t sit around hoping someone treats your loved one poorly so you can catch them; you hope everyone does. In that way God is not sitting around waiting to catch you and I. He’s desiring and waiting to see you and I treat his other children as if they are created in His image
Imagine if we took this teaching to heart. . . imagine if Christians started living like God cares more about how we treat people than what we wear or do the rest of the time.
I think it’s time for us to do it.
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