Jesus has in these days many people who love his heavenly kingdom, but few who bear his cross. He has many who desire comfort, but few who are ready for trials. He has found many to share his table, but few to share his fast. Everyone longs to rejoice with him, but few are ready to suffer for him. Surely ‘mercenary’ is the right name for people who are always looking for spiritual comforts. Those who are always thinking, about their own profit and advantage quite clearly love themselves, not Christ. (Imitation 2.11)
This writing was from Thomas a Kempis, a fifteenth century theologian. There were so many great thinkers between the first century and now. Let us learn, and for some remember our history as Christians.