You have been invited. Act now and you can be rich, just like the guy in the infomercial, who’s standing in front of his new mansion, his arms around babes in bikinis, just back from a spin in his Maserati. If you accept his invitation, you can have all that too – and more! …Unless you read the fine print.
Jesus has a different invitation for you, but He begins with the fine print. He invites you to deny yourself and die.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)
Which invitation looks better to you? Self indulgence or self denial? Obviously, the “get rich quick” guy is scamming us. But why would anyone sign up for “losing his life to find it?” It sounds like Jesus asks us to leave behind the life we’ve worked so hard attain, along with all the its comforts. Do we really want to let go of all that?
Before you decide, watch this:
Quotes: The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.