Last night, as I was praying myself to sleep(like I do every night), God gave me this really neat "metaphor" about our lives as Christians and the job of a sales clerk.
Just for a minute, think about a sales clerk. like the one in Old Navy or Lowe's perhaps... :)
Now let me describe the job of a sales clerk to you. He has mainly two BIG jobs he is responsible for:
1. Pointing people in the direction of what they are looking for. (e.g. the item of clothing or power tool)
2. Providing any/all information necessary beneficial to the customer in order to sell that product.
Now let me tell you something the clerk does not do.
He does not take credit for whatever he is selling(if it's a retail store, anyway). He doesn't point people in the direction of the product, give persuasive information in order to sell the product and then add, "Oh, and by the way, I made this."
Some people would definitely not believe him. "That's just crazy!" they would say. Others might pretend to believe him, or maybe actually believe him. Still others would be very confused. They might wonder if the clerk was joking, in which case they might kind of chuckle, but what if he was being serious? Laughing would offend him. So, they walk away from the product all together because some weirdo sales clerk is being a.......well, a weirdo.
We have the same job as that of a sales clerk. Our job is to point people in the direction of God. (he is what we're selling) Our job is also to be ready with answers when people ask us about our faith, in order to sell Jesus(1Peter 3:15).
And we are not to take credit for the things he has created!
When someone says, "Nice singing voice," you can say, "God has blessed me."
When someone says, "You are beautiful," you can say, "I have been fearfully and wonderfully made."That way, we give the credit to God and not ourselves.
Those are just some alternatives to "thank you". I challenge you use a different way to say, "thank you", at least once this week. That's not very much, so hopefully we'll get it right at least once.
Have a great day everyone! :)