Of course all of us know what this Thursday is: it’s Thanksgiving. We also know what Friday is: it’s “Black Friday.” Friday is a day set aside for people to sit outside stores in hopes of getting the “bargain of the century” (or at least the best bargain until the after Christmas sales).
And if you have ever found yourself in the middle of “Black Friday,” you know that the thankfulness for what we have of Thursday is all but forgotten for the bargain hunting for what we want of Friday.
I saw a commercial on TV this past week where the company was advertising their “week long Black Friday sale.” They closed the commercial by wishing everyone a “Happy Thanksgetting.” The advertising worked, in a manner of speaking: I remember the name of the cell phone carrier and will NOT be using them in the future.
Some car dealerships are having their “Black Friday” sale all month long. Some stores are starting their “Black Friday” sales as early as Thursday afternoon...so much for spending Thursday night camped out in front of a store!
You see retailers know that it is human nature to seek out a bargain. They also know that when we see a bargain, we are likely to purchase the item, whether we need it or not.
Do we do the same thing when it comes to church? Do we “shop” for the “best bargain?” The place that is going to require us to give the least (time, effort, etc.). The place that makes the path to heaven the path of least resistance.
We need to remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
The “narrow road” may not be paved with “bargain basement” Christianity; it may not be the “path of least resistance” and it may not be the easiest path to follow. But it is the only path that leads to eternal life...which is all we really need anyway! 2 Corinthians 9:15