|The Marsalis Shale in New York, western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and West Virginia contains a large natural gas reserve. The US is tapping into this reserve, developing domestic energy supplies through a process called fracking. The term comes from the fact that high pressure water is forced into the hole, fracturing the underground chambers where gas is held, enabling its recovery.
For years a low tech process was used. It cost about $400,000 to drill down 1 mile and frack with water. This process allowed the recovery of only a small portion of the available gas in the area. The well would produce a small amount of gas for a limited time.
Small investment, small return.
The modern procedure, which is more efficient, is also more expensive. It costs between $2 million and $6 million to drill down 1 mile, and drill out six or seven horizontal shafts for about 1500 feet, and frack with water and tons of sand (sand keeps the cracks open). This is a huge commitment and takes six months of hard work before the well produces. The advantage is that most of the underground gas can be recovered, so the larger investment of work and money more than pay off in the long run.
Big investment, big return.
How about your Christian life? Are you serving others? Is it your focus? Or are you stuck on the low investment, low return model?
Many Christians shop for churches the way they shop for a car. Which one can do the most for me? We should be asking, “How can I do more for the solid Bible-teaching church where I attend?” Obviously, if you’re in a church that doesn’t teach eternal security and a clear gospel apart from works, run, do not walk, to the nearest exit. Find a good church. But once you’re there, don’t go with the idea that you are to be served. Go with the intention of serving.
Small investment, small return. Big investment, big return. Strike it rich spiritually by being all in – give it all you’ve got.