Mystery Shoppers are used by many businesses to see how they are doing. They want to check their customer care and the whole experience someone gets when using their business. Someone unknown to those who work there will go and do what any normal customer would do and report back on how the experience was for them. The process helps to maintain quality and the good reputation of the business, and finds out problems from the end users, and the bosses know what is really going on when they’re not there. Will the staff behave as if they are serving the CEO themselves every time?
I think this is something like what Jesus is talking about in this weeks gospel reading:
Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me. And anyone who welcomes me also welcomes the one who sent me. Anyone who welcomes a prophet, just because that person is a prophet, will be given the same reward as a prophet. Anyone who welcomes a good person, just because that person is good, will be given the same reward as a good person. And anyone who gives one of my most humble followers a cup of cool water, just because that person is my follower, will surely be rewarded.
Those who follow Jesus are his representatives on earth. That is something to think of in our dealings with people. In fact, we should treat all people as if they were Jesus.
There’s a car bumper sticker that says
Jesus is coming – look busy!
Would we act differently if we thought Jesus was watching what we were doing?
Would we treat someone different if they were Jesus?
Well, Jesus tells us that if we welcome someone, we welcome him; and if we welcome him we’re welcoming God into the place where we are.
We should not treat people any different depending on who are what they are – we should be treating everyone as if they are God himself stood before us – because in essence they are.
Now how are we doing?
so often I fail to see you
in those I meet.
I forget that the way I treat them
is a working out of my following you.
May I allow them
to reveal to me
more of you
and how I can serve you.