The other evening we watched, for the first time, an episode of “Undercover Boss.” The CEO of a pretzel company changed his appearance and spent time at several of his franchises posing as a new employee. His purpose was to really see the situation of the people who worked for him and how he might help and encourage them. Getting up close with them, he experienced the difficulties they faced with transporting their goods, heard how hard it was to make ends meet or pay college debts. He got to share their hopes and their fears, their struggles and their tears—and to appreciate and admire these hard workers. With tears he expressed how he longed to help them!
At the end of the episode, these lowly laborers were summoned to the boss’s beautiful office where the disguise was discarded. The boss expressed his appreciation of their diligence and empathy for their difficulties. Then each one was rewarded with gifts suited to his particular need—a vacation, payment of a debt, new equipment to make his work easier. And finally, a huge hug for the faithful employee.
Are you beginning to see what I saw in this? Jesus Christ …
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:6-8)
Yes, He came as one of us, looked like us, hung out with us, suffered the difficulties we humans endure, got hungry and thirsty and tired, was lied about and mistreated—and ultimately killed—all for our good.
–Not just to give us a vacation but an eternal home in heaven.
–Not just to pay our college debts but to pay the penalty for our sin and grant us a clean slate to stand blameless before God.
–Not just to give us new equipment to do our job but to live with and in us day in and day out—teaching, guiding, encouraging and giving joy and strength.
And one day when I get to see my Boss face to face, the best reward will be to feel His arms around me as He whispers in my ear, “Good job, my faithful daughter! Welcome to your heavenly home!”