A crazy thing happened while standing in line waiting my turn to buy coffee. A lady turned to me from the drink dispenser and said, “Sir, you’re out of ice.” I guess that the dress slacks and tie gave me a “manager” look. I quickly told her I’d see what I could do. I leaned over the counter and told the real manager, “The ice machine is empty.” He quickly had it filled.
Not more than 20 seconds later, another woman came up to me with her hamburger in hand, “Sir, they put pickles on my Big Mac, and I clearly stated I didn’t want pickles,” she said. So, being the nice guy I am, I told her, “Just take it up to the counter and they’ll get you fixed up.” She smiled and said thank you.
By now I was having fun. The door opened, and as another customer came in, and I said, “Hi, welcome to McDonald’s!” By this time, the manager (who was also in slacks and a tie) had caught on to what had happened. When my turn in line came, I ordered my coffee, and the manager and I had a laugh about my mistaken identity. When the nice lady handed me my coffee and told me it would be $1.08, I said, “What, no employee discount?”
The whole ordeal got me to thinking on the way home last night. I may have looked the part of the McDonald’s manager, but had you taken a close look, you would have clearly seen I was not. The real McDonald’s manager had a radio on his belt, a name tag on his pocket, a patch on his shirt that said McDonald’s, a rag in his pocket and a tired look on his face. Just by being dressed like the manager, people were actually asking me for help.
How many times have I looked like Christ from a distance, but up close and personal, nothing really like him at all? I want to look like Jesus in everything I do, and I want to be a part of a church that has that same desire. A church that looks like, acts like, talks like and lives like JESUS. Not just from a distance, but up close too.
What would really happen if we started dressing like and living like Jesus in our character and actions? I ache to be a person that looks like Jesus in my …
So, what (or who) does your church look like? A church? A religious organization? Christ? And if someone needed help, could they look at your life and see Jesus in you?
Besides, in the end, if you live like Christ on this earth the Bible says come judgement day … you DO get the employee discount. “Well done good and faithful servant.”