Do you remember the show “Let's Make a Deal” hosted by Monty Hall? The people dressed up like pickles and dolls and other crazy things in hopes to make a deal. The host would come along and probably because of a person’s wacky outfit or someone’s personality he’d pick a contestant and then the dealing would begin. The show played into our tendency toward materialism and our desire to deal our way to something better. All the contestants hoped to avoid making that terrible decision by which they’d lose out on the big deal.
The show was entertaining, but if we take the thought process behind the Let’s Make A Deal show and bring it over into the church and act like God is some kind of Monty Hall Deal-Maker we are wrong! If you view God as throwing out offers and waiting for you to counter His offer you are way off base on whom God is. If you think something along these lines: God, I'll give you some of our Sunday mornings, but I'm expecting some tangible blessings pretty quick or I may quit worshipping, praying, and giving. That is wrong thinking! There is something ugly in the thought process that thinks God owes you anything at all, especially grace. However, what a blessing it is to know that God always gives us more than we deserve!