It happened again. Every week, a different bank teller insisted that I needed a debit card to cash a check. Well, on this particular day, it was strongly demanded that I get one.
The teller explained how convenient it would be for her to make the transaction. What about me, I thought. I really did not want or need a card. So, my response was the usual, “No thank you, I do not want one.”
She continued. “Okay, since you do not want a debit card, I can just sign you up and all you need is a pin number.”
I shook my head and replied, “No, I do not want a pin.”
“Why not?” I would make it so much easier for me.”
“No, I do not want a debit card or a pin. Thank you.”
It was very apparent that the teller became upset. Her requests became snappy and cold. “Verify who is on your account. Verify what amounts have been withdrawn from your account. What are the last four digits of your social security number?” She went on and on until she finally ran out of questions.
Then, as she counted out the money, she was going so fast that I could not keep up with her. When I asked her to count it again she refused. She did not even want to give me an envelope to place the money in.
Like the bank teller, too often we do not remember why we are in the place that God has placed us. Yet, it is important that we remember to walk in love while we are doing the work of the ministry and serving God’s people.
I am reminded of the Scripture in the book of Revelation where Jesus instructs Paul to write a letter to the seven churches in Asia. Some of the churches needed correcting in the way they operated and felt towards God and His people.
As for the church in Ephesus, Jesus was not happy with who they had become. They were doing the work of the ministry but not for the reason they had first started the church.
“But I have [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love].
He warns them to remember how far they had fallen and to repent. If they did not repent, He will come quickly and remove them completely from that place.
Most days, when I have encounters like this, I just pray and go on. Well, this was not the day!
A quick chat with the branch manager was needed so the teller would not abandon her first love. Hum, maybe I should have reminded her of why she was hired.