Recently, I was traveling to a conference by air. The circumstances allowed for my wife to travel with me, and I was able to bring along my assistant and one of my younger staff members. Because of the way we purchased the tickets, my wife and I were on one order and then Amy and Mark were on the other.
Now, I love flying, particularly this airline because they offer lots of free things, like snacks, and allow bags to fly free. I don’t really care for the “open” seating plan where you can sit anywhere you want to on the plane. So, the sooner you board, the more options you have. Since you can check-in up to 24 hours in advance, the sooner you check-in, the sooner you can board. They have two groups, A and B with each going all the way up to 60.
The last time I flew this airline I checked in 24 hours early and was in group B, and my friend who checked in later was in group A. So, when I asked my assistant what her group number was she asked me what mine was, and so I said, “B40”. She did not want to tell me hers, when I insisted she said, “A1” and Mark who was on her ticket was “A2”. How in the world did she get such favor? Well, she paid for the upgrade. She did not pay for my upgrade, but paid the extra money and even got a free drink to boot.
What is it about us that will pay extra to go first? (It turned out, although I got on the plane a full five minutes later than they did, the only seat left for me who got on the plane last was up front.) Jesus told His disciples “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
Now, there is nothing wrong with paying for an upgrade every once and a while, just don’t expect it. Instead, be willing to serve, even those who upgrade.
“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.’ ”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®)
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