Saturday, January 31, 2009

What are you willing to pay?

In my reading a few days ago, I read this verse, (2 Samuel 24:24) “And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.”

Is not the opposite of David’s attitude true in so many of us today? We do not want our service to God to cost us anything. If we were in David’s position, I wonder how many of us would say, “Boy, did the Lord bless, I did not have to pay anything for the oxen for the sacrifice, I did not have to pay for the instruments, or the threshing floor! God is so good!” We do not want our service to cost us anything! We want the path of least resistance. Many today find it to much to attend church faithfully, and yet that is nothing more than a baby step. We want to be counted as servants of God, but not at any cost, or very little cost. After all, we need to be culturally relevant.
Too often when the Lord begins to change our life, we put the brakes on. We decide this is costing us too much. We fail to see how much it cost God to purchase us! How selfish we are today. If you do not want your service to cost you anything, there are many churches out there where you will fit right in. They cater to every need you have. They are “seeker friendly.” For them is not about God, it is about you. However, as I study the churches of the New Testament, I have failed to find a “seeker friendly” church. I see churches which heeded the teaching of Jesus concerning the high cost of discipleship, (Matthew 16:24, Luke 14:26, 27). A life where Christ is preeminent and not you! (Phil 3:1-8) Oh, how we need to get over ourselves and focus on God. Life is not about us it is about God!

4 comments:

newlywedws said...

I enjoyed this post! It's like getting to hear you preach over the internet :)

Terry McGovern said...

I am glad you enjoyed the post. Tell everyone at South Side I said hello!

CarolGranquist said...

You are our missionary of the week at Fairhaven Bapt Ch Sunday School. I put your name and field into Google and up came your blog. I and a visiting partner have been talking with a lady that has come several times and is saved, she says, but is so mixed up into works salvation. Yet she sees God's hand in her life, and talks of it, but she is as unstable and unfaithful in her desire to please God. We pray for her and she is a blessing as she struggles, but still she quits all too quickly when we get her some groceries, or fill a physical need. Reminds me of all those that followed Christ for his food and healing. It is kind of like that situation and I thought of her when I read you blog.

Terry McGovern said...

Carol,

I am gald you came by the blog! Please tell your Sunday school class I said hello, and that I apprecaite them praying.

I have dealt with many people like the one you describe. People have all kinds of motivations for "serving God", or going to church. It should be becasue we love God. The love of Christ should constrain us, and not a fasle motivation. I hope the lady you are trying to help will eventully see this and serve God on her own becasue she loves Him. Instead of conviently serving God when she needs soemthing from the church.