Let me be honest here for a moment… it wasn’t the quantity that worried me so much as that price tag. The cost that came with this plate was steep! “Who charges that for eggs and bacon?” It’s a good thing Saint Augustine never had to dine in St. Augustine! I have no doubt which kingdom he would have assigned our oldest city to.
Let me be a little more honest with you. This sounds too similar to how I often find myself coming to the gospel. You know… “Hey, I’d like a’ couple bucks worth of that there gospel please! Just trim me off a little happiness and security… whoa now… that’s enough! Keep the cost down, waiter! Don’t be trying to slide any of that ‘love my enemies and self-denial’ stuff on my plate!”
Isn’t it shocking to read of Paul’s endeavors, and how he never learned to master a digestible portion of the gospel? If he had just learned to partake of the right amount of the gospel, he too could have focused his attention on the really important things in life (fill in the blank). Who knows, he might have managed to stay out of prison? He really should have stuck with the happy meal.
Instead, we find Paul hating things like covetousness and lust (guess he just wasn’t interested in the I-Scroll III). It seems he was ever bent on going into some foreign land where he faced beatings, imprisonment, and death.
What’s really humorous is that this poor chap managed to find a positive side to all his troublous encounters! He believed all this stuff happened to him to further the gospel (Philippians 1:12)! If he’d only known what we know…
I’m pretty confident none of us are so crass as to verbally present our opinion of Paul in this manner, but doesn’t our lifestyles often speak louder than our lips? Very little challenge comes with a couple of bucks worth of gospel!
- The Gospel of God and the Gospel if man (onedaringjew.wordpress.com)
- Let The Gospel Lion Defend Himself (Spurgeon) (dwfv.wordpress.com)
- Worthy of the Gospel of Christ (lyleandpaige.wordpress.com)
- Living the Gospel (singularspectrum.wordpress.com)
- Piper: The Gospel’s Power in Suffering and Success (kevinnunez.org)