$3.00 Worth of God, Please
Tim Hansel, in his book “When I Relax, I Feel Guilty,” writes some insights of what most people want from God.
“I would like to buy $3.00 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 the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please.”
I love and hate that quote.
I love it because it concisely describes the way many people would like to consume God. They would prefer Him in bitesized pieces or poured into a delicious Starbuck’s sized mug that would take only 15 minutes to gulp down. Any other way would take time, or worse, cause a life-changing conversion. And the mere idea of transformation REALLY scares us. We know that such a radical change could be quite uncomfortable, and with it comes a significant overhaul of our lives and priorities. YUCK, right?
I also hate the quote because I’m guilty as charged. I’ve been there too. Sometimes I just don’t have time for God and would prefer to order Him in quick and easy soundbites.
But that’s not how God works. God does not do passive conversation, communion, or fellowship. He does not do small talk, and he doesn’t let you get away with drive-by worship. God does not want superficial relationships with us, and, really, the $3.00 version of God will never satisfy our deep thirst for Him. It might keep us from a deeper transformation, but it will also leave us extremely thirsty and alone.
BUT WHEN YOU PRAY, GO INTO YOUR ROOM, CLOSE THE DOOR AND PRAY TO YOUR FATHER, WHO IS UNSEEN. THEN YOUR FATHER, WHO SEES WHAT IS DONE IN SECRET, WILL REWARD YOU.