Thinking…About Serving

Many years ago, when IBM was on the cutting edge of the computer world, they encouraged their employees to always be innovative and always be thinking.

One day, in a restroom at IBM’s Watson Center, a supervisor had placed a sign directly above the sink. It had a single word on it: “THINK!”

The next day, when he went into the restroom, that same supervisor looked at the sign and right below, immediately above the soap dispenser, someone had carefully lettered another sign which read: “THOAP!”

That’s some pretty creative thinking!

I was reminded of that story when I read that back in the early days of the pandemic, someone wrote a little bathroom graffiti that turned into a good spiritual lesson. In the restroom at a coffee shop, someone had scribbled on the mirror, “What Would Jesus Do?” Sticking with the sanitizing narrative of Covid, someone else wrote underneath, “Wash his hands.”

And under that, someone else came later and wrote, “And your feet.”

Again, a pretty creative–and accurate–response.

I am not trying to encourage you to go spread the gospel on bathroom walls–some refer to that as “evandalism”–but that’s a pretty good message the word needs to hear. That our Lord Jesus came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28) And He demonstrated that by literally washing the feet of His disciples, thus demonstrating the way in which His followers are to carry themselves in this world.

When the kingdom you are a part of has a King who serves His subjects–even to the point that He dies for them–then you should stand out in today’s world. That is certainly an other-worldly mindset, that seeks to serve and love others first. I wonder who the Lord has placed in your path and my path today that we can serve so that in doing so we can share Christ’s love and point people to Him.

So THINK about it…and go and SERVE someone today, in Jesus’ name.

I am praying for you, as I hope you are for me, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

–Pastor Ken