In the Despicable me films, the minions (the little yellow characters) are the servants of and workers for Gru. They do his work, they cook and clean for him and they help him to accomplish his despicable schemes. They are also very silly!
You may not feel like you have minions but in reality we all have people who serve us.
People who live together are served by one another.
When we buy things in shops, we are served by people.
When we are in trouble, hopefully we are served when people come to help us.
Just stop and think about all of the people who help and serve you on a regular basis.
Now think about how we treat them.
Children can tell us that they love us in one breath and that they hate us in the next. Which is an appropriate response to parents who are caring for them?
When you are in a shop, do you say thank you or do we treat the person serving us as a servant?
When people help us, do we express our gratitude or are we indifferent towards the people who help us?
Jesus taught that we should ‘treat one another the way we want to be treated’. This is a simple principle that we probably all believe but the real question is, do we live by it?
If you go to church, what are things like there? How do you treat those who serve you? Do you feel like the Minister/Vicar other workers/volunteers are there just to meet your personal needs? When people do care for us, does that enable us to think that we can help and care for others or do we see church as a place where we just go expecting to receive from our minions?
How about those of us who do work for or volunteer in church? Will we serve people even when they are obnoxious? Jesus said that he came not to be served but to serve others and ultimately he did this by sacrificing himself on the cross (Matthew 20.28). When it is hard to serve, we can call on God to fill us with his love so that we can treat others the way that we would want to be treated.
your minions the people who serve you and how do you treat them? Do you treat them the way that you want to be treated?
May we be people of grace who overflow with the love that we have received from God.