It is with biting sarcasm that Wilbur Reese wrote of the lack of devotion and passion prevalent in the church of the Living 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 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 worth of God, please.”
Jesus understood man’s tendency to seek “the path of least resistance” – to get by as cheaply as possible. In Luke 9:57-62 he confronted the feint-hearted who lacked the devotion to follow Him:
“Now it happened as the journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, ‘Lord I will follow You wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.’ Then He said to another, ‘Follow Me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.’ And another also said, ‘Lord I will follow you, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.’”
The flow of the current in our time asks, “How little can I do or give and get by?” Does that express the sentiment and devotion of our lives? Are we asking for $3 worth of God?