I must admit, although I don’t get to watch TV much these days, I’m a sucker for documentaries, live music shows and reality TV shows about corporations or cooking competitions. So it’s no wonder that one of my favourite shows is Undercover Boss. The thing I like about Undercover Boss is that it presents the opportunities for CEO’s of major companies to work alongside employees who are “on the ground”, and in doing so, discover the rights and wrongs with their companies. All of this whilst meeting some special people.
Here’s one of my favourite episodes of one of my favourite shows, Undercover Boss:
The thing I like about this episode (apart from being about Baja Fresh – dig me some Baja Fresh!) is CEO David Kim’s revelation along the way whilst working alongside his employees in various Baja Fresh stores, is that he begins to see various people in their situations in need of personal dire help. His Christian faith kicks in, and we see some beautiful opportunities for prayer and compassion, along with of the most generous giving on any episode, all whilst dealing with the terrible health of his father. (watch his encounter with cashier Anthony from 12-19 minute mark for the heart of what I’m talking about).
4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Ephesians 2:4-10 ESV)
Christs descent to the earth and particularly his death upon the cross is as a response to our fallenness in sin away from Him. His act of sacrifice is the ultimate act of compassion, and under the cover of human flesh, our divine God, Jesus Christ laid his life down in his love for us, that we might live with him forever.
I’m thankful for my Boss, and my LORD. And now much like him putting his sacrifice on display, I refuse to be an undercover follower of Christ. There’s no need to hide – it’s much bigger than any corporation. It’s all about Jesus!
application/discussion question: How has Gods compassion for you moved you to act towards being compassionate towards others?