Now before you write me off and get angry because of a well thought out blog title let me once again say that I don’t tip at restaurants. Immediately if you have been in the restaurant industry your blood will begin to boil, but let me explain. I don’t tip at restaurants because God won’t let me. Tired of me only giving you one part of a thought per sentence yet? Good, just keep reading and we’ll get there.
The reality is for many people in the food industry, their view of God is tied to God’s people who they have the opportunity of serving on Sundays after church. I have heard people say that waiting on people on Sundays has made them never want to walk into church. If I am honest I was one of those guys. As a 16 year old kid who would wipe down tables at a local family restaurant; it astonished me to see the people who would yell at the waitress, leave a $2 tip, and that weeks bulletin to the front for 10% off their meal.
It is ridiculous and I think that it’s time for the church to step up and change things. The reason I cannot tip at restaurants because tipping is a requirement, but God’s command is to be generous. Tipping you gives you what you deserve. After all, you did just serve me. However, we serve a God who isn’t in the business of giving us what we deserve. As a Christian who understands that everything that you have was given to you by God (Romans 11:36) must display generosity. You were blessed on purpose and that purpose is to be a blessing into other peoples lives. Don’t believe me?
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11
3 things we can learn from this text:
- You are enriched– God is the one who blesses you and enriches you! Unfortunately, most of us don’t feel rich, but if you have a roof over your head you are in the top 10% of the wealthiest people in the world.
- God wants you to be generous– The reason God blesses you is for the purpose of being generous. Often times we like to hoard and hold onto what we thing we deserve but scripture is clear God gives you stuff so you can give it away. Even Paul says this, “It’s better to give than receive.”(Acts 20:35)
- People will thank God for your generosity– I always find it intriguing that the moment people receive a gift that is extravagant they say “Thank God”. Some may be insulted, but I believe that at our core, we know who our provider is. Your generosity will result in people thanking God, it may just open the door for them to begin a relationship with HIM.
So as you go out to restaurants this week don’t tip, BLESS your waiter or waitress with a HUGE sum of money. Be a blessing to those around you, demonstrate the generosity of God, and watch people thank God for it!