My Pleasure!

During my junior and senior years of high school I worked for one of the best fast food organizations of our time. I spent a couple evenings and Saturdays as the cow at the Chick-Fil-A on highway 70 in Hickory, NC (mooooving on). Once you are hired you are required to watch training videos that instruct you are what you will be doing and how you are to conduct yourself. One of the main requirements that Chick-Fil-A emphasizes is that as you serve a customer you are never to say "you're welcome." Instead, you instructed to respond to "thank you" with, "my pleasure."

The premise is genius! Let's face it, we've all been served food by someone who was anything but happy to be wearing a name tag and handing you your tray. Chick-Fil-A strives to create an environment where you feel that the employees are actually happy to be serving you what you ordered!

The irony is that while we all want to be served with a smile, we seldom wear one ourselves. We have adopted a consumers mentality and expect nothing less than for others to happily serve us. After all, who would want to?! Our hearts question Christ's command in Phil. 2:3 which states, "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves" with the attitude of Cain, "am I my brothers keeper?"

Paul continues, "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others" (Phil. 2:4). As shocking as it my be, God actually expects us to do this and as surprising as it sounds, the answer to how we can serve others with a smile on our face and joy in our heart is found in the gospel!

Paul writes in Phil 2:5-8, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

The way to consider others better than our self comes from lowliness of mind or humility. That mindset comes when we adopt the mindset of Christ. It is clear from this passage that Jesus deserved better than what He experienced. He was in the form of God! He is equal with God. He is God! He is the second person of the Godhead and yet Christ "humbled himself" becoming obedient to the Father by willing offering His life as a sacrifice for our sins.

In the Gospel of John after washing His disciples feet Christ says these words in regards to us serving one another, "For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you" (John 13:15). If Jesus, who was in the form of God can let that go to take upon Himself the form of a servant to save us from our sin, what title is too low for us to wear with a smile?

David writes in Psalms 40:2 that "He (God) brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings." The reality is that because of Christ's sacrifice there is no position in His service that is below our pay grade because any task we are assigned is a promotion from where He found us!

Thank the Lord that He humbled Himself for your eternal good and then go serve someone for His eternal glory! And with this perspective if someone decides to say thank you, you can truly respond by saying, "my pleasure!"

"Servants don't complain and complainers don't serve." Steve Wagers

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