Everyday we drive by Pizza Hut on our way home from church and it always reminds me of conversations with two individuals in the business of serving. One was with a Starbucks Barista and the other a Pizza Hut waitress, both stated that the Sunday-after-church-crowd was the worst crowd to serve. They are the ones who complain the most, they are the most unforgiving, they are hateful, and they are the worst tippers.
As someone who spent nearly eight years of my life working as a waitress, hotel maid, or bartender this angers me on so many levels. I think everyone should spend time working in one, or more, of these services so you know what it's like to pick up after someone and serve their every need. You'll have a bigger appreciation for how hard these people work, for you. But it also angers me because, we, as Christians should be the most thankful, the most forgiving, giving the most love, and the best tippers. Here's why:
We should imitate Christ's servanthood.
Christ came to this earth to serve, "... the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom to many." (Matthew 20:28) He illustrated this perfectly on the night He washed His disciples feet, the lowliest of jobs, and yet God Himself took the form of a servant to show us how we ought to live our lives. In fact, he submitted to this plan of servanthood to the point of death. He died on the cross on our behalf, taking the form of a servant, endured the wrath of God for our sin, so we could spend an eternity glorifying His name. Our chief goal in life should be to glorify His name in all that we say and do.
We are doing the exact opposite of that with our complaining-unforgiving-lack-of-generosity-hateful attitude towards those who serve us.
We should imitate Christ's humility.
Know this: we are more like our imperfect waitress than we are like our heavenly Father. He is perfect. We are not. Knowing the depth of our sin, and the lengths to which Christ went to accomplish the forgiveness of that sin, should leave us in such a deep place of gratitude and humility that we treat others with the same love Christ gives us - because we do not deserve it.
We do not deserve any of the love Christ pours out on us and yet He gives it anyway. Our waitress may or may not deserve kindness, but we should give it anyway, because that glorifies His name.
We are a witness to the greatest truth in history.
This truth is that Jesus defeated death when He died on the cross, was buried, and rose again. This, my friends, is the gospel. We are called to preach it wherever we go. When it's necessary use words. Otherwise preach it through your humility, kindness, and loving kindness towards others.
Rid yourself of the entitlement attitude that gives off arrogance and conceit. Be humble. Consider others better than yourself. Imitate Christ. Be thankful and kind. Most importantly, do these things even when you don't feel like it, because Christ didn't feel like dying on the cross*, but aren't you glad He did?
* Matthew 26:39 (His prayer at Gethsemane.)