Groupon for the Soul?

by DanWolgemuth on February 25, 2011

Groupon… have you heard of them? Are you a member?

I’m not soliciting for this new internet craze; I’m simply highlighting a current entrepreneurial wave that is hitting shores across the United States.

Every morning I receive an email from Groupon with a subject line that starts with something like:

45% off dinner at…
51% off of spa treatments at…
Half off…

You get the point.

In fact, Andrew Mason, the founder of Groupon, is fueling the bonfire of bargain mania. This week Mary and I will be attending a Denver Philharmonic concert simply because we were able to buy tickets at half price.

Full price is simply not acceptable… and furthermore, it’s not cool. But bargains; that’s a different story.

At times I wonder if this near obsession with buying on the cheap has crept over into our soul pursuit. We want meaning and purpose and promise… but not at full price.

We want a nonintrusive, easy to afford life-plan.

We’re on a hunt for – soul bargains.

Jesus at half price.
49% off of personal inconvenience.
Spend 63% less time in individual sacrifice.
Compassion at one-third the cost.
Meaning in life without the messy discipleship.

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” ~ Matthew 13:44 (ESV)

Jesus not only tells us about the way… He personally shows us. There were no reductions in the price of redemption, no markdowns on the price of forgiveness.

No discounts available. No picking and choosing the parts we “like” or that seem convenient.

On the cross and for the Kingdom… full price is all that works.

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