How much do you need God?

Value- Love

Sub value- Intense love or need

A hermit was meditating at the riverside when a young man interrupted him. “Master, I want to become your disciple,” said the man. “Why?” questioned the hermit. The young man thought for a while and said “Because I want to find God.” The hermit grabbed the young man by the scruff of his neck, dragged him into the river, and pushed his head under water.

sage in river


The hermit held him under water for a minute or so, all the while the man kept kicking and struggling to free himself, when the master finally pulled him up out of the river. The young man  came up spluttering ,coughing up water and gasping to get his breath. When he eventually quietened down, the master spoke. “Tell me, what did you want most of all when you were under water.” “Air!” answered the  young man. “Very well,” said the master. “Go home and come back to me when you want God as much as you just wanted air.”


The will to live is sometimes stronger than wanting God in your life. In the Bible, Jesus tells people that they must give up everything in order to follow him to God.


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