Published by Theresee on Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:17pm
By: Peter Kling
“When did we see you… in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Kathy came to me through an employee who knew her. She was fresh out of prison and had served time for using and selling drugs. She had some 15-year-old work experience in aerospace but none of it applied to the advertising agency where I was the main steward.
She was broke, broken in spirit, missing front teeth from drug use and overweight. However, there was a redeeming factor. While in prison, another inmate had introduced her to Jesus Christ. I had just finished a Bible study of Matthew and was convinced that God was directing me to be helpful to an ex-prisoner in accordance with chapter 25. Therefore, I hired her.
My church provided her with groceries for 60 days. God directed me to pay her more than the minimum wage because she had to qualify for a certain apartment rent level. I co-signed her rental agreement. Then I sent her to my dentist, who took care of her at a reduced rate. I agreed to accept a payroll deduction that would eventually pay for the dentistry.
She was diligent, quick to catch on to computer skills, and willing to try any job assignment. She was intense loyalty and cheerfully plunged into every task. She got involved in a recovery program and was active in her local church. She was as good as any employee in the company.
When I closed that agency, Kathy was the last person to go. She was hired by a Christian friend and continued to bring light and productivity to every job assignment. She is high value.
My “unconditional warm regard” was not triggered by Kathy – it was for the Lord Jesus who said, “…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” The love, respect and “warm regard” for Kathy came soon thereafter, when Jesus showed up in her work ethic and Christ-like character. This was a no-brainer for me and if I had it to do over again, I would do it in a heartbeat.
TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Do I see the face of Christ in everyone I encounter and treat them as such?