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$3.00 Worth of God
Copyright 2006 By Steve Highlander

"I would like to buy three dollars worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough of Him to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don't want enough of Him to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the eternal in a paper sack, please. I would like to buy three dollars worth of God, please."  

Wilbur Reese penned these tongue-in-cheek words to capture the unspoken, but very real sentiment of many people. 

Some people think that God is a good thing to include in your life as long as He really doesn't get in the way or require too many changes.  As long as the cost isn't too great, God is given His place - right beside all the other activities and obligations that vie for our attention.

God had a different idea. 

God said this in Jeremiah 29:13: "You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your hearts."

We are tempted to think we can get out of God what we put into Him. If I want a little more I can give a little more.  I can read a few extra pages in the Bible, say an extra prayer, go to church a bit more.  However, God is not for sale at any price.  God offers one deal:  All I am for all you are.  The passage in Jeremiah tells us that half-hearted efforts don't really impress God. Notice this was a direct quote from the almighty.  In the Book of Revelation we find another direct quote: "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth."  Revelation 3:15-16 NKJV

God loves us supremely, but He is not interested in half-hearted worshippers.  The day is coming when every person will need to decide if they are wholeheartedly devoted the Lord or just seeking enough of God to feel better.

Jesus gave His all for you.  He asks you do the same for him.  That is not an unreasonable request.

 


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