What are you willing to pay?
November 28, 2007
Christmas time is here and the ever-rising cost of Christmas has joined this yuletide season. Toys, decorations, gifts, parties, and food all bring with them the idea of spending lots of money.
To share with you this idea, I have borrowed a popular advertising scheme on print, radio, and TV to show too, that the virtue of self-sacrifice is a rising cost. You may or may not know this, but following Jesus means sacrificing your desires and wants for Him – Giving Him all the praise and glory for everything in your life. Sound easy? Let’s just see about that: (We’ll start with an easy one)
*Cost of two cheap tickets to a NFL Sunday afternoon game: $200
*Cost of food for two at the same game: $50
*Cost of investing in someone and inviting them to your Sunday morning service: Priceless
*Cost of staying home on Thursday night because it’s been a long hard day at school or work: Free
*Cost of ordering a pizza that evening because you have nothing in the house: $15 (including a 2-liter of soda, of course)
*Cost of going to your Thursday night small group (or whenever you might meet) and growing together with other followers of Christ who’ve also had a hard week: Priceless
*Cost of sitting and reading a novel at lunch time during work hours: $6 (You bought the novel at Wal-Mart)
*Cost of walking to the mall to get some last minute shopping done during lunch time: $150
*Cost of spending quality time with a co-worker, and investing in them relationally because you care about them as a person and as a follower of Christ: Priceless
*Cost of 2 Sunday evening tickets to see the new holiday movie, “Enchanted”: $20
*Cost of eating at the theater that evening: Unprintable as it might go up after today.
*Cost of attending “Christmas Traditions” at Fellowship Church and connecting relationally with others here at your church: priceless
*Cost of being born in a manger in an animal setting: A little comfort
*Cost of walking around Israel and the surrounding areas speaking the truth, loving, and serving people: A little rest
*Cost of giving your life for a world that will choose to ignore what you did for them just so they would be able to have a relationship with the Heavenly Father: Priceless
So how much did you want to pay?