Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “Good For Business: Devotions From A Time Of Grace”. It is only 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“Shall I acquit the man with wicked scales
and with a bag of deceitful weights?”
It is one of the paradoxes of the Christian faith that our Savior Jesus, divine and all-powerful from eternity, came to this earth as a humble human being. He came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for us all. He demonstrated true leadership to his disciples on the night before he died by kneeling and washing their feet. He invited them to find satisfaction in that posture as they in turn served others. They discovered that he was right–joy comes from acting like Jesus.
A serving mentality is good for business. Customers will come back to a company that makes them feel important, listens to them carefully, takes their needs seriously, keeps its promises, admits and fixes its mistakes, and works hard to earn their trust and confidence. Among all his other daily activities, God watches business transactions carefully to see how we treat other people. “Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?” (Micah 6:11).
If our Christian faith informs our sales practices, we would no more rip off a customer than our own mothers. Our company won’t try to sell people things they don’t need, won’t take advantage of unsophisticated buyers, won’t push damaged or flawed goods, and won’t bait and switch. Our company’s goal will be to make our customers’ lives better.
We succeed when they succeed.
I have been in the service industry all my life. Whether it was Subway in high school or as a cop now, everything has been about serving the public. It is hard for me, personally. Many people will attest to how people seem to lose all brain power when going to a food establishment. A service job will push your patience and test your limits. This is an inevitable consequence of the job. The negativity can be overwhelming when working with others in the service industry as well. There are a LOT of stupid people who come to your establishment. What we forget is that outside of work, we can be these stupid people. I know when someone drags me to a Chipotle that I tend to freeze up. None of their food should be consumed by my body!
As every waiter can attest to, everyone should be a waiter or waitress for at least one year of their life.