If you’ve ever been to Chick-fil-a, you might have noticed that whenever customers say, “Thank you,” the employees will always say, “My pleasure!” in return. They all have the same DNA because the owners knew early on that they want to serve their customers in a certain way. All Chick-fil-a employees are trained to respond with “My pleasure!” so that they represent the establishment in the way the owners want them to.
It’s the same with our God. Just like owners train their employees to be representatives of their establishment, God will train us to be His representatives on Earth. In order for you, as a follower of Christ, to be an amazing server, you have to spend some time with the owner.
Matthew 20:28 says, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” In order to serve, we first have to be served by making a connection with the Lord. He is the one who first served us. God is our provider, and we are the recipients.
Some of us are already serving like crazy—maybe you already volunteer, invite, tithe, or show up every time the church building is open. But what is your heart like when you are serving? Examine yourself to see if the things you are doing are building up the Kingdom of God. You might be a server, but make sure you are serving under the right owner.
If you are a follower of Jesus, you are one of God’s representatives. While you’re going about your daily life, remember that God is your provider and that you are representing Him in everything that you do. That’s not just for Sundays when you’re sitting in a church service! When you’re at work, you’re God’s representative. When you’re with your family, you’re God’s representative. When you’re stuck behind a slow driver, you’re God’s representative. And God is a God of provision, mercy, grace, and love.
God created you to bear His image throughout the world. He will provide everything you need to do what He’s made you responsible to do. If your life is going to be what God designed it to be, you have to make a connection with Him, the one who first serves you.