Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Undercover Boss

I'm sure you've all seen or heard of the TV Series called "Undercover Boss" which has been franchised in many countries.

The idea is that a Chief Executive Officer, or senior manager, of a large organisation visits various outlets of their own company in disguise to find out how things really work at the customer end of the business. They pretend to be working there, but all the time they are studying how their employees work and reward the good ones, or re-direct the not so good onto the right path.

It's a great programme, because senior managers find out how their policies developed at boardroom level are implemented by their employees, and how this affects the whole running of the organisation. Usually, senior managers and CEOs meet really hard-working and devoted staff, whom they reward afterwards when they meet them again in the boardroom and they identify themselves. Sometimes, they meet employees who fail to meet the grade.

Imagine ... that Jesus came into our lives in disguise. He would not be wearing the long robe we associate with Him as we see in the movies. Or have long hair and a beard. Or a kind smile.

He would probably look like a beggar starving in the street and asking us for some money.

Or a sick person in hospital with no one to visit him.

Or an elderly person living alone and no longer able to do simple tasks like cooking for themselves, going out shopping, or cleaning the house. Or someone just wanting company and another voice to hear in the house and to talk to, instead of having the TV or radio always on just for company.

There are so many other disguises Jesus could use in our lives. Like the new inexperienced employee at work not sure what to do and how to get on.

Or the quiet wallflower at a party sitting silently in the corner not speaking with anyone nor mixing with any body.

There are so many disguises He could use.

And when He takes off his disguise and we see Him as He truly is ... what would He say gently and calmly to us?

"Thank you for being so kind to me and for reading to me whilst I was sick in hospital."

"I am so grateful that you found the time to visit me at home and help me with the cooking. Or just chatting with me for a while. I so looked forwards to our little chats. Sometimes, when I am alone and don't speak to anyone for hours on end my throat dries up and I have to cough to clear the dryness. I often speak to the people on the radio just to hear the sound of my own voice. Your visits were the only company I ever had!"

Or will Jesus say to us ...

"Why did you ignore me when I was freezing in the cold sitting on the wet ground in the street?"

"Depart from Me ... For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink. I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, I was naked and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not visit Me." Matthew 25:41-43.

21 comments:

  1. Thought provoking!! Makes you see every one in a different light!!

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  2. Lots to think about here, Victor, that is for sure. May we all act on the opportunities to help others.
    Blessings!

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    1. We cannot help everyone, Martha; but we should at least try when we can.

      God bless you.

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  3. That is truly thought provoking, Victor. There are plenty of opportunities that come our way every day. We can always make a difference.

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    1. Yes Bill. We can help whenever we can; and in different ways too.

      God bless you.

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  4. I try to (at least) do three good deeds in a day, sometimes this is not an easy task.

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    1. I agree Alexandria. It is not always an easy task, but God knows that our good, and genuine, intentions are uppermost in our hearts.

      God bless you.

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    2. That's wonderful. What a great idea. If you can't, I wouldn't worry about it too much. It's way more than the rest of us.

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    3. I agree with Manny. At least you are trying Alexandria.

      God bless.

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  5. As others have also said, this is very thought provoking and it is good to stop and question ourselves … so thank you for this Victor.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you so much for your kindness, Jan.

      God bless.

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  6. Excellent. It reminds of reminds me of Matthew chapter 25 where Christ says, what you did not do to the least of these, you did not do to me. That's a paraphrase from memory, so don't hold me to the exact words.

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    1. My problem is: Am I doing enough?

      God bless you and yours, Manny.

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    2. That's my problem too. You too Victor.

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