Recently I was talking to a friend and he was telling me about a trend that’s kind of been sweeping the nation: that of people paying for other people’s meals going through the drive thru. The person that picks up their food as they’re paying for their meal, they decide ‘hey, I’m going to buy the guy behind me’s meal. Even though he’s a complete stranger, I’m gonna do this nice thing for him.’
Maybe the term that’s been used for this is to ‘pay it forward.’ Maybe something was done in kindness or generosity to you that motivated you to want to do a random act of kindness for a stranger.
I’ve even heard that sometimes it has an effect where one person buys a meal for someone and then the next guy does the same thing and it just goes down the line from car to car. That generosity and kindness is inspiring.
We think about kindness and generosity being inspiring. Where do we go for that motivation as Christians? Certainly we’re motivated by fellow people in this world that are kind and nice to us, but our true motivation is always found Christ.
Whether people are nice to us or not, remember what Christ has done for us. The Apostle Paul writes this in Ephesians chapter 4 verse 32:
Instead, be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ has forgiven us.
Yes, Christ has been incredibly kind, compassionate, forgiving to us, giving his life for us on the cross, to pay for all of our sins, to guarantee for us eternal life forever in heaven.
May what Christ has done for you motivate you to be kind to one another today. Maybe even buy a meal for someone else or a stranger. Amen.