21 Sep Who Needs Pearls?!
I am not the biggest fan of car-buying. Anyone who knows me knows I do not like haggling or bartering. For me, that skill has to be grounded in dishonesty. You essentially say to someone, “I know you say this is worth this much, but I think you are a dirty liar.” At least, that is what it sounds like to me. No, if I tell you something is worth this, I know it to be worth that moment. When I buy a car, I want to drive it for as long as possible.
I was teaching my students at VSU about car and housing decisions this week: when or how to buy a car or home. There are so many ways to prepare for the car-buying process now. You have numerous on-line sources that rely on consumer feedback and sales to help you understand what a car is worth. You can be much more educated and able to negotiate away from an overpriced purchase. Because of the experiences of others, we now have a way to make better decisions.
Suppose you and a friend were both looking to buy a car. Imagine if you were driving around town, and you found a dealership that had the exact cars you both wanted and at a price that was half of what you knew the value to be. I bet you would go and pick up your friend immediately and drive to the dealership together. You found what you wanted, and you did something about it.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 13:45-46 that His Kingdom is like finding a 1965 Porsche 356C. When you found it, you sold everything to buy it. Well…Jesus talked about a pearl, but I love that car more than I do pearls. That is what the Gospel is: it is a treasure for which you give up everything. When you find it, you have to do something about it.
This is what we celebrate every Sunday at Shoreline. Once a year, we do something extra special. We not only come to worship, but we bring other people with us. Grab a friend, and tell them you have found what they are looking for. Drive to their house, pick them up and drive to the movie theater. Do it! Caring about someone’s eternal destination is the nicest thing you could ever do for someone. Friendships that only stay in this lifetime are not really that important in the grand scheme of eternity.
This year, Friends Day is September 23. We are celebrating with “Come for worship, stay for a movie.” Join us in worship and see a movie on us. As if that was not enough, you and your friend can enter a raffle to win Chick-fil-A for the rest of 2018. If you really care about your friend, you would bring them to Shoreline on Sep. 23. That’s not me talking…that’s Jesus. J Not really, but I know He would love to meet your friend.
Blessings to you,