We all like the benefits of a relationship with God, especially when it’s convenient. Truth be told, we would prefer buffet discipleship.
We volunteer for the peace, protection, joy, prosperity, and companionship. Then we willingly pass up on the cross, difficulties, persecution, discomfort, and discipline. Maybe if our mouth spoke what our heart secretly believes we would say something like:
Give me enough of God to make me comfortable, but not too much so as to interrupt my schedule
2 Kings 17:33
They feared the Lord, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.
Like Israel of old, we have added God to our shelf of other gods. Gods of pleasure, health, technology, happiness, money, and a stack of other favorites. We often act like a kid with a new baseball card. We show God off and then stick Him in a box with all the other run of the mill player cards we have.
Our consumer brand of being a Christ-follower convinces us that God is ultimately concerned with our happiness. So we add to our lives whatever we believe will fulfill that. Before we know it, God is overcrowded in our lives with stuff. The reality is, God is less concerned with our happiness than we imagined. He is actually concerned foremost for our holiness.
Wilbur Reese said it this way…
I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.
Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep,
but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk
or a snooze in the sunshine.
1. God refuses to share the shelf with our gods of choice.
2. God already set the guidelines to discipleship, and it’s family style eating, not a buffet.
3. Gods offer of being a Christ-follower is an all or nothing deal.