This week I went to my favourite local cafe and made my regular order only to be told that it has increased by 50 cents. This is the second 50 cent increase in the last year. If this was a newspaper article I imagine it would have a headline like “coffee price increase leaves sour taste in mouth”, but that it not what this is about. It is not about me and coffee, but about what went through my mind at the moment they rang up the charge of $4.50 for my macchiato. I thought, I love this place but the cost is starting to get too high. I might love this cafe, and I might love their coffee, but if I believe the cost is just too high I will in the end go somewhere else.
I have a friend who has a similar view about God. He likes me, he likes people from church and he likes Jesus. He wants to follow Jesus, but there is one thing that holds him back. The price. He knows that Jesus doesn’t want part of him but all of him, so he won’t commit. Should I reduce the cost to follow Jesus so he will become a Christian? Should I make following Jesus easier, convenient, and at very little cost to my friend? It’s a tempting thought for many of us who desperately want our family and friends to follow Jesus, yet when we lower the bar we’re not asking them to follow Jesus. Could it be we’re asking Jesus to serve their preferences?
As much as I love my coffee, I am only prepared to pay so much for it because of what I believe it’s worth. If my macchiato was a cup of gold, then I might be happy to part with my hard earned $4.50. I would consider it a bargain. What Jesus offers me and my friend has a cost to it, but is it worth it?
Do I believe following Jesus, trusting that He has saved me from my sin and following Him is the best way to live? My conviction is that it is an extraordinarily precious thing He offers me, and my life for His is a bargain. What about you? Is the cost too high to follow Jesus or are you grateful for the Extraordinary bargain you have in Jesus?