Mark 10:42–45 (NIV): Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Read more
I have reached a place in the Gospel of John that causes me to walk slowly. It’s difficult for me when I think I’m in some sort of time crunch, or in a “check off” mode. But this is holy ground. Read more
We may talk a lot about the towel and the basin. We may have some symbol of that sitting in our offices to demonstrate “servanthood.” But it is Jesus who took up that act of servanthood and simply says to us, “Follow my example.” Read more
It’s serving. It is the discipline of service.
We want to serve… as long as we get our selfie in and posted somewhere in the social media world.
Richard Foster gives me this harsh reminder:
There is no flash, no glitz, no titanic anything. Today’s celebrity culture, captive to its pretentious egoism, simply finds such realities hard to grasp.
If we could possibly move away from doing things that we only think are good enough to post on Facebook, think of all the things we actually DO that bless people in the name of the Kingdom. When you think about all of us as believers simply living out the Kingdom in some small way… it is a huge payoff. Even if it doesn’t make Facebook.
We can choose to bless and not curse:
— By serving our schools. Go in and ask how you can help! Once they pick their jaws up off the floor, they will give you things to do.
— By serving in the city. Ask a local government office if there is a committee to serve on.
— By reading to a kid.
— By reading to a immigrant learning English.
— By volunteering at the library.
— By mowing a neighbor’s yard without telling them. (If you know it would bless them, and NOT because you’re just irritated with their weeds.)
— By silently praying for those who get on your bus in the morning and evening.
— By asking people a simple question: “How can I help you?”
The Kingdom can come. Over and over. Day by day. Growing.
Okay, ENOUGH ALREADY!
We’ve heard time and TIME AGAIN about the waitress at Applebee’s that posted the receipt from a pastor. The receipt had a note that said, “I give God 10%. Why should you get 18?”
Bad Christian! BAD CHRISTIAN!
Then, the blogs and comments on blogs, and comments on Facebook fly: “See? This is why people hate Christians.”
THIS is why… they don’t tip.
All this proves is the old adage that if you get good service you may tell one or two people. If you get lousy service, you tell 10 people. Only, we’ve upped the game thanks to social networks.
If we get good service, we RARELY mention it. If we get bad service, we blast it on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Yahoo… any place we can try and land it.
So, allow me to say something that will go completely unnoticed.
I, as a Christian, am a good tipper. Actually, I’m a GREAT tipper. And it’s all because of Jesus… so there! 😉
Let’s be real: we can ALL be good tippers and it STILL doesn’t reflect Christ!
But good tipping is a nice reflection, so allow me to brag on a few good examples (out of hundreds I know of). This will be ignored, but I just don’t care. I’m tired of people bashing away.
Several years ago I was in a meeting with some other pastors… and we were all lousy tippers. Right? Pastors are THE WORST!
It was in a hotel room and the hotel had arranged for us to be served breakfast in the room. As the server is bringing us our breakfasts, the leader of the meeting asked the server, “Do we leave the tip here for you?”
She said, “No. The hotel is taking care of that.”
The leader thought about it, then told the rest of us (when the server was out of the room), “I’m not sure we’ll get the opportunity to tip on the bill, so let’s make sure we take care of that.”
There were probably eight really tight-wad pastors in that room (because, you know, all pastors are tightwads and bad examples of how to really tip good, thus making us targets of hate by waitstaffs all across America). By the time we finished chucking in money at the middle of the table, she probably walked away with $75 in tips. And, quite frankly, I doubt the bill was $750.
This weekend my wife and I were sitting at a Perkins with a huge group of InterVarsity students from University of Minnesota Duluth. You think pastors are bad tippers? How about college students that go into a restaurant and order water and mozzarella sticks? What a bunch of cheapskates!
Well… again… NO.
I listened to several of the leaders in the group talk to each other and say, “Make sure you tip her well. She’s working late because of us.”
I’m sure those students made it well worth her time and effort. What had been a slow night turned into a nice ending for the server.
How about turning the tables a bit? How about showing off good service? How about letting people know Christians and other good people know HOW TO TIP!
Because we do. Millions of us do. And there are a thousands of servers who are glad to see us come into their restaurant.