There once was a man who enjoyed wine: the deep flavor, the process, the location of the grapevine. He even started making it himself. He couldn’t afford too much, so he always bought the cheapest. This may not be the best, he thought, but it’s good enough.
One day, he walked into the store where he buys his wine supplies. The men who worked in the store had samples of wine to try. The man took one sip of their best wine, and everything changed. The man decided right then and there that he would not waste his time, money and resources on the cheap wine any more, only the fine wine was worth it.
Jesus tells a similar story:
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
There have been times in my life where I have been content with the “cheap wine”. I thought I was satisfied. I thought it was good enough. There were even times I was completely oblivious that there could be anything better for me out there.
All it took was one sip. One sip of true Jesus and my life was forever changed. Yet sometimes I still even choose that cheap wine over the finest wine. When I choose Netflix to numb the difficulties in life instead of pressing into Jesus to soothe me. When I lie to myself and say “I only have a few minutes, so I’ll just scroll social media” and then never find the time that day to pray or read my bible. When I put others down (even in my mind) to make myself feel better about my own insecurities, instead of bringing those insecurities to Him and asking Him to help me.
I am so thankful he is a gracious God, who still pours himself out, still offers me the finest on the menu, no matter how many times I’ve refused him.
In what ways do you choose the “good enough” cheap wine in life over the true, rich, perfect wine that could change everything?
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