It is interesting to hear how a friend responds to unsatisfactory service. Some will simply tell a representative that something is wrong, but won’t worry about having the problem fixed. Others will say or do nothing about the issue. Still, others will find a manger or wait staff and read them the riot act. While any attempt to settle a transgression will suffice many of us, no reparation will satisfy others.
Comment cards are often available for us to provide feedback on the service we received. We even have the option to complete surveys over the phone following a call to a customer service representative. Some companies print a web site on our receipt where we can go online to and complete a customer survey.
If God were to fill out a comment card on our service, what grade might we receive? We each are given gifts from the Holy Spirit for the building up of the body of Christ. When we exercise those God-given talents, we do so in service of God as agents of mercy, love, and compassion. Dissatisfied? Somewhat dissatisfied? Average? Somewhat satisfied? Satisfied?
When John the Baptist immersed Jesus in the Jordan River, the Spirit of God descended upon Jesus like a dove as he arose and a voice called from Heaven, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matt 3: 17). Wow! That’s some satisfaction. I don’t know about you, but I’d like that kind of review.
We can’t earn grace or buy a one-way ticket to Heaven. We can’t earn God’s love. We can respond to God’s good gifts serving God and others. In “Love Wins” by Rob Bell (I have not yet finished reading this book and am not yet ready to give it my rating), Bell suggests that our service is practice for Heaven. Our service is practice for what we’ll be doing in Heaven. We do on Earth so we’ll know what to do in Heaven.
May God’s Kingdom come and will be done,