In the late 1970s, we had a gas shortage here in the US. I am not old enough to remember all that. What I do remember is my dad buying a big gas hog of a car. Looking back, I see my dad as brilliant actually. We needed a car desperately. We didn’t have a lot of money so he bought this big used Pontiac Bonneville with a 455 engine at a great price. As boys, we just wanted to hear her sing, Bonnie that is.
Counting the Cost is a wise way to buy
My dad said, “I saved so much money on the car, I could buy gas at the new price for well over a year.” He said, “The price will go back down soon.” When we first start following Jesus, we are all in until it starts costing us something. I have seen it over and over again. People walk away from Jesus and faith just because it gets hard. What they don’t seem to remember is we are all still going to have to get around. The way we got around before Jesus was never going to work. It doesn’t matter what the price is now. It will level out.
Storms are part of life, learn to trust God no matter the costs
Jesus talks with us, His interns, in Matthew Chapter 8, saying the cost is going back to the old dead life. He refers to a man who is going to leave Him because of his father’s death. It may have been a duty or an inheritance. Either way, he walks away from Jesus. In the midst of this, a storm hits their boat. Jesus is amazed at how easily they are ready to give up. “Your faith is too small.” He commanded the storm to stop. Suddenly the cost of the following has leveled out.
Normal Christian commitments seem costly but they grow faith and trust
When you are new to God’s internship, going to church, fasting, and praying all seem really costly. What you are failing to see is how costly that old vehicle you had was. You had constant drama, painful relationship, and the sickness of self all the time. The price of the new car is free, even if we now spend more time in church, in prayer, and with our new intern friends.
Lord, thank You for Sunday. It reminds me I am not alone. It helps me to see that I have chosen a new way of life. Help me not to want to go back to the old way. I’m sorry for my little faith. I love you, Jesus. Amen.