Thursday, June 28, 2007

$3 Worth of God

"I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please, not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough 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 warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please."

-Wilbur Rees

I found this over at Biscotti Brain while reading on blogs this morning. Made me stop and think - just how many of us are 'playing Christian' these days?

Oh, we make it up on time for Church on Sunday morning, but we seldom dart in the doors any other time. Hey, I've been guilty with the best of them, at times! Our Bible is only opened when we manage to take it to Church. We never 'study' the Word in order to get it down in our hearts in order for it to come out when we need it. And, we need it every day to face the world.

We believe, if we 'know God' just enough, we will make it to Heaven and skip Hell. But, do we really 'know' Him as we should? Do we trust Him with every aspect of our lives every minute of every day? Or, do we trust Him when we can't find someone else to help us out - when we are in trouble, or have a sickness the doctors are confounded with? Proverbs 3:5 tells us to 'trust the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding'. Too often we lose sight of that fact. We end up wanting only a little part of Him - that which keeps us safe, out of trouble, and healthy. And, it doesn't work like that. We either take God completely, or we don't take Him at all. Can you imagine only going home when you need to get something to eat to keep from starving? You do without food until your body feels like it is going to cave in, then you go home. That is how we sometimes treat God. We want to say we put our faith in God; yet, we only use Him when it is convenient with us. As the saying goes, 'we put him in a box and only take him out when needed.' Sounds like the average game we play!

We need to realize that God lives within us, if we are a Christian. He wants us to use His power every day in every situation, not just for convenience. Convenience is the hot water to take a bath, the pre-cooked food that only needs to be microwaved, the car outside your door, the computer we 'play' on daily, and many other things that we have at our fingertips to keep us happy. Those things quickly pass away; He will be there forever. Our true happiness is in God, whether we want to admit it or not.

God is like our parents when we are young - ever there for us, always loving regardless of how we treat Him or His Son. He will 'never leave or forsake' us according to Hebrews 13:5. He gives us the opportunity to have 'all of Him'; why take only $3 worth?

Linked at Pursuing Holiness
Pirate's Cove
Conservative Cat

Technorati Tags: , , , ,