Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Who Do You Work For?

Howard Hendricks encountered the following while travelling home on a plane that was delayed for six hours. Even though the flight crew was not responsible for the delay, one disgruntled passenger chose to take out his frustration on a flight attendant. Dr. Hendricks walked back to the galley to talk to her and said:

"You know, I'm a frequent flyer, and I'm always looking fo somebody doing a good job. American Airlines should be proud to have you on the team. I cannot believe how nicely you handled this obnoxious character sitting across from me.
"She smiled and said, "Thank you very much."
Then I asked, "Could I have your name? I would like to write the company and tell them how much I appreciate you."
"Oh," she said,"I wouldn't. You need to know that I don't work for American Airlines.""Oh, really?""No, I represent the Lord Jesus Christ."

All true believers in Jesus are His representatives in this world. If we are to be effective as His agents, we must be people of character, and we must seek to honor others above ourselves. As we embrace those values, we will be better able to recognize—or form—a church that embodies them. Unlike others, we'll view church programs as extensions of the heart of the church—as places where we can serve rather than be served.

Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate master you're serving is Christ.—Colossians 3:23, MSG

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