A young man recently launched into the "real world" and was shocked by the expenses that came with it. He was complaining about the high cost of auto insurance. "If you got married," teased his dad, "the premium would be lower." He smiled. "That would be like buying an airline just to get free peanuts." I’m sure my wife sometimes feels like she’s paid for an airline to only get a bag of peanuts!
Everything has a price! Most of us want something, but we’d rather not have to pay the price or at least not the full price. I know some of us will spend more than you should, but if we think we got a good price, it was a good deal! This applies to our church as well, we all have things that we want from our church, maybe not a rebate on our offering, but we want something.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me,. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul.”
Jesus didn’t say those words to the Pharisees or the Romans, but to His close friend, Peter, right after He told Peter, “Get behind me Satan!” Peter was telling Jesus that he would not allow Him to suffer. He wanted an easier way. God doesn’t always work like we want Him to. He should. We’d like an “easy button.” We want to please God, but on our terms. We want the easiest way? Great things can be costly!
We have many members that sacrifice their time to serve on Monday nights at God’s Table. I appreciate them so much! But, after Spring Break, we added something to God’s Table, a testimony time. This is something I believe the Lord has been leading us to do since we started four years ago, and is so important for us to practice sharing the gospel, but we’ll need more volunteers. Here’s how you can help:
*Pray every week for God’s Table, that the Gospel will be presented, and hearts will be touched and challenged.
*Volunteer to share your testimony. *If you are serving, please sit down at a table and listen to the testimony, and pray for the speaker. No serving meals, cleaning up, or prepping to go meals, Martha. Stop and let God work. Make the effort to sit by our guests and ask them if anything like this has ever happened to them. Be willing to listen and share your faith. Be available for God to use you on His terms.