“You were bought with a price…”
– I Corinthians 6:20
Bought with a price.
A high price at that.
A life. An immortal, perfect, amazing, sinless life paid the ultimate price so that I might live.
I should, need to, must remind myself each and every day that I cost Him a lot. That I had a price tag, a mighty hefty one at that, and it now reads “Redeemed.”
In this way of thinking, my thoughts, my words, and my actions need to be accounted for.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” — Philippians 4:8
I love Philippians 4:8. In fact, I have a little picture frame that a friend shared with me and that verse is inside the frame. It sits on a bedside table so it can remind me daily.
How many thoughts do I allow in that are not honorable? Just? Pure?
Are there things that I say to others that wouldn’t be considered lovely or commendable?
And I am certain that on a daily basis I do things that are unexcellent and unworthy of praise.
Why in these moments do I forget my price tag so quickly? It’s as if it doesn’t even exist; that it was never redeemed and paid for in full.
Because, it’s my nature. It’s human nature. It’s, simply put, SIN. The sin in my life makes it really easy to ingnore the price tag. Sometimes, I don’t even see it or recognize it.
In Acts, I am told that if I repent and turn away my sins are “blotted out”, they are no more. In James 1:22, I am reminded to be a “doer of the Word” not just a hearer of it. Doing is what keeps the price tag in the forefront of my mind. Doing is what He calls me to do. Doing is putting on “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” as He commands of me in Colossians 3:12. Doing is controlling my thoughts, my words, my actions. Practicing brotherly love, compassion towards others, showing kindness, forgiving others, and asking for forgiveness myself.
In Psalms 139, God tells us that His thoughts towards us “outnumber the grains of sand”. Wow! I cannot even begin to imagine:
A) Why God has thoughts towards me
B) What His thoughts are towards me
But, it sounds like worthwhile, life-long endeavour to discover those thoughts, doesn’t it? Reminds me of that song lyric, “Who am I that you are mindful of me? That you hear me when I call!” Simply amazing.
O God, remind me of my price tag. Daily. Hourly. Remind me that I am yours, that your thoughts towards me outnumber the sands of the beaches of this world, and that you hear me when I cry out to you. Teach me how to control my thoughts, guard my words, and actions. Remind me that I am bought with a price, that my life is not my own, and clothe me in kindness, patience, compassion, and love for my brothers and sisters. Blot me out and make me a doer of your word rather than a hearer. I don’t want to merely listen Father. I have done that for far too long. Reveal your thoughts to me. Amen.