The 1950’s. Poodle skirts and saddle shoes. Leather jackets, greased back hair, and ’57 Bel Airs. I’m sure the 1950’s were not all they were cracked up to be, like every other decade that has since come and gone. But one thing sticks in my mind when I picture 1950’s Americana…Full Service gas stations. Not growing up in the 50’s I can only imagine, but I bet it was neat to pull into a station and watch a small army of attendants attack your car with gusto. Oil…check! Fuel…check! Bugs on the windshield? We’ll take care of that. Businesses of the 1950’s truly knew the meaning of customer service and they practiced it religiously.
Today, we have a new definition of full service and it typically doesn’t have others in mind. Most people are more interested in serving their own needs than paying the cost of serving others. Most businesses care more about profit than the people they serve. As followers of Jesus, we are called to be “Full Service” Christians. That means we empty ourselves in order to meet the needs of others.
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant…”
As this passage continues, it discusses the humility necessary to really be a servant. Like Christ, when you know where your identity lies, you can even wash feet (John 13:1-17). Regardless of how you do it, “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does” (Ephesians 6:7-8).