When Jesus was asked by a pharisee what the greatest commandment is, the reply He gave was a unique and direct reply loaded with insight which is known by many as the golden rule.
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the sadduces, the pharisees got together. One of them an expert in law, tests Him with this question; teacher which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus replied love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all you mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself. – Matt 22:34-39
Here Jesus stated that God should Come first in our dedication and all. Then He went further to say after God comes our neighbor. That tells us that God does care about how we treat and relate with our neighbors. And our neighbor in this context points to everybody i.e those who are close to us, acquintances, the stranger you met at random, the poor, low class and all manner of person you come across, and we must not be selective about it.
When He talked about loving our neighbors and the proportion to which we are to love them, He equates it with the same proportion to which we love ourselves. Whatever we wouldn’t do to ourselves, we shouldn’t do to others. For example you love to be respected by people but you don’t respect people who come around you, it’s not going to happen, because whatever you haven’t invested into others you shouldn’t expect the dividend, just as it is with ourselves.
A lot of us once we are privileged to occupy a position we tend to look down on others. We begin to think oh!! We are not in the same class, “what will people think of me if I am seen with this person” This are the thought we begin to have not minding how important this people we tag socially incompatible with our status are to God.
A lot of us we claim to love God and all that is about Him but we don’t love people around us and even those we do, they are selected based on what we might benefit from them socially or otherwise.
And as you would like and desire that men would do to you, do exactly so to them – Luke 6:31
In essence Jesus is saying however you would want to be treated in the society is not based on your social status but on how you treat people around. Most time we treat strangers in ways we consider hostile when we are treated in same manner.
Do not forget to entertain strangers for by this some have entertained angels unaware. – Hebrews 13:2
We don’t have to know one closely before we love them and treat them nicely. We were all strangers once.
We never can tell who that random person is until we interact with them in love and building relationship with them. In doing this we also beautify our mansion heaven. Moreso, no matter how much we intercede for people we can’t meet everyone’s need but you relating with that stranger might be that one thing he/she needs to trigger answers to prayers.
We all are running the heavenly race and most thinks it’s how steadfast we can be that gets us there but from the scriptures we have seen that it is greatly dependent on our relationship with God and others.