God’s price tag? How dare you put a price on God, Bimbo…?
This is the modified version of a post I wrote in 2015 but never shared [mercy!].
One sunday I was in church when pastor raised a song- a very popular song by Hillsong United, You Are. The song goes:
You are the love of my life
You are the hope that I cling to
You mean, more than this world to me
I wouldn’t trade You for silver or gold
I wouldn’t trade You for riches untold
You are, You are my everything
Shut eyes, one hand up, one on chest, I sang that song with all of my mind [or maybe with my chest]. I had just finished professing line 5 “I wouldn’t trade you for riches untold” when I blanked out. Not literally. Literally. I blanked out on all pastor was saying and/or doing thereafter.
The words “I wouldn’t trade you” kept echoing over and over; then the question followed: Is there a price for God?
I had been singing that song for many years and of course it made sense to me; I meant it whenever I sang it. I wouldn’t trade God for silver or gold [who would?!]. I mean literally, if someone held silver and gold on one hand and God on the other hand,…. are you kidding me?? Same for riches untold. I don’t even have riches told yet and God knows the kind of financial blessing I’m looking up to heaven for can only be looked up to heaven for [I WOULDN’T TRADE GOD FOR RICHES ONLY HIM CAN GIVE TO ME in the first place]- I don’t intend to slave forever or bag a fraudster degree.
But on that day, the lines of that song meant something…. different!… Did I always say those lines vaguely? Maybe I meant them because they aren’t my current reality. What if the lines of that song were:
I wouldn’t trade you for the wrong relationships
I wouldn’t trade you for twitter followers or likes on instagram?
Those things appeared more like “reality” to me. I began to think of my life and wrong relationships I was entertaining at the time [by the way, wrong relationships don’t necessarily translate to multiple boyfriends/girlfriends]. Let me touch on that a bit. Love everyone but grant not everyone access to your life! Because with or without your permission, the company you keep determines your way-of-life. At the time, I had cool people in my life that I really loved. I spent most of my time entertaining and chatting with them and at the end, I always felt “frustrated”. They weren’t bad people at all but hanging with them had a toll on my walk with God. To begin with, we couldn’t even share anything “God” together because they couldn’t understand, they were largely unbelievers. I kept saying to myself: I was going to work hard at being light to them so they’ll get to see that Jesus is love and indeed God. But God kept saying to me:Bimbo you are meant to love these people not work so hard to “change their hearts”; to begin with you aren’t even the Holy Spirit and If out of your belly must flow rivers of living waters unto them, first you must be filled. These relationships will drain you because you are not meant to “here” at such a time as this… But I didn’t listen. My relationships with these people were too precious to me, what was God saying?? Oh, and I paid dearly! Spiritually, I paid. Physically, Mentally, every-way, I paid! And today, in 2017, where are those “friendships”? GOD is still here. 🙂
Maybe yours isn’t people you find too precious. Maybe it’s…
Times when you want to post certain things on twitter or instagram but deep down your heart, you know “mhen!! this thing isn’t exactly right to put out there #WWJD [What would Jesus do?]” but you also know that’s the kind of thing that’ll bring retweets/likes which means more followers and it’s a 2017 of “how many K followers do you have?” but the God-in-you is saying don’t put that thing out there [in other words, forget about all those followers/likes/comments/retweets]. Bro, doesn’t God know we all need followers??? I don’t care. I’m posting!
Or Sugar Zaddy! Dah-dah just took you to Dubai for your birthday, already paid Apple in advance for the iPhone 8 so you are one of the first ten to launch the phone, buys you all that Gucci, Coco Chanel and is the number one reason why are top slayer of the #pepperdemgang. To you, Zaddy is actually God-sent and you both attend church every sunday; you both love God.
Or it’s not Zaddy. It’s my girlfriend, Temi. We are so much in love and want to marry. We live together, are church workers and all, we know God. Yes we have sex on the daily and sometimes, I feel bad that I’m fornicating and all but it is what it is. I’m not cheating at least…
On Sunday in church, choir raises the song:
” I wouldn’t trade you”
Translation: Then don’t post that crap on your social media for follower-sake!
“You mean more than this world to me; I wouldn’t trade you”
Translation: Alright, leave zaddy and all his benefits alone.
“You are the love of my life Lord, I wouldn’t trade you”
Translation: I just want you and Temi to “hold off on” sex until marriage and walk with me in sexual purity.
Other Translation: Stop compromising in your office. Let go of those friends. Drop that lifestyle…
YES, LORD! OKAY LORD! I WOULDN’T TRADE YOU FOR ANYTHING! Then the time comes when you are tested:
Huh? Jesus it’s really not that deep. You know I love you and all but I know you understand. You are merciful…
It may sound funny, but it’s the REALITY. Everyone of us have those things that we are so emotionally attached to, that we are so used to, that are so precious to us! You know it’s so easy to tell God “I wouldn’t trade you for silver or gold” because literally, it seems like what we won’t do [it seems stupid!] but when silver or gold is translated to those things that “make you smile”, those humans and activities that bring you so much pleasure and thrills [think about it]… things that will be so painful to let go of, can you still confidently shut your eyes, raise one hand up, the other on chest, and sing with the whole of your heart “I wouldn’t trade you Lord…
SELAH [Pause. Apply to your own realities. Reflect].
To walk with God is to make a placement decision- Hot or Cold? [Lukewarm isn’t even in the options]. I’m hoping everyone reading this is deciding to be “HOT”. Hot comes with a price tag [so does cold, actually]. But I’m all for the going-forward-in-Christ, amen! so emphasis on HOT.
The entire world NEEDED a price tag to get the chance to call the Creator Abba [Dear Father], to be able to cultivate a direct relationship with our maker. Jesus was that price tag. How much more your personal walk?
God will demand things of you and they may be things even too dear to imagine like he did to Abraham. But know this, what he demands in one way, he gives back in ten ways, in ten ways even more too dear to imagine, like he did to Abraham.
There will always be a price tag and it usually doesn’t begin with: what is God demanding of me? It begins with: How much am I really willing to lay down? What is my trade limit?
Is God really worth every single thing, even your “Isaac” [one and only]? Is He all that to you, do you trust in and surrender to Him that much? What’s the price tag you’ve placed on God?
A piece to self.