God Said . . . I Said
Brio Magazine, September 1998
This is a private conversation. Don't read unless you enjoy eavesdropping.
(God said:) Nice touch.
(I said:) Thanks. But . . . what are we talking about?
That WWJD bracelet you're wearing.
Oh. Yeah. I've got five.
I know. You can match 'em with just about anything in your closet, can't you?
Yeah. Cool, huh?
You've got a pretty good collection.
Too bad it's not more.
Well, I'll get a few more-eventually. After all, they do cost.
No, I'm not talking about adding more bracelets to your collection. But you're right- there is a cost involved.
Uh oh, I've got a feeling we're not on the same page, are we, God?
Look, I'm in kind of a hurry, Lord. So if you have something to say, could you just say it?
I already have.
Guess I didn't catch it. Let's go through it again, okay?
Check out 1 John 2:4-5.
Uh. All right. Gimme a second.
It's under your bed.
How'd You know that's what I was looking for?
I'm God, remember? I know everything.
Oh, yeah. Okay. Here we go:
"I John 2:4-5 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. (KJV)
So lay it on me, God. What are you saying?
I'm saying it sure would be nice if that WWJD bracelet you're wearing was more than a fashion statement, but if it were it would cost.
Hey, wait a second! I'm not just wearing this as a fad! I know what it stands for, I believe in it.
Believing in a phrase and living the life-style are two different things.
Well, to really live out the WWJD life-style may cost you some dates.
And maybe some friends.
And maybe your time.
My TV shows?
WWJD means asking yourself, "What would Jesus do" before anything and everything you do.
Well, yeah technically.
I, mean, yeah we all know that's what the letters stand for. But -- But to take it seriously, I mean to actually ask ourselves that question well, that would change everything - or at least a lot of things!
Check out 1 John 2:6
Okay. Got it right here,
"I John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. (KJV)
So what's it gonna be? A fashion statement or a life-style backed with commitment?
But God, I'm not sure You really understand. If I truly asked what would You do well, You probably wouldn't go to the movie I'm gonna see this Friday with Brian.
Not that particular one, no.
And you probably wouldn't want me hanging out with Kari as much, She shoplifts.
And since you're not doing anything to confront her or trying to introduce her to Me, she's pulling you down.
I'd like you to quite spending so much time with her.
God, if I start asking myself that question --
If you don't, and you continue to wear that bracelet, you're a phony.
That's a bit harsh, don't you think?
Read My words again. The ones in 1 John 2:4. Read the last part of that verse.
"I John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (KJV)
Yes, ouch. I died for those words.
I also died to give you the power you need to put those words in practice.
I'm not that strong, God.
I know. I made you, remember? I realize you're weak. I know your temptations. But I can equip you with everything you need to become all I call you to be.
You know what this means, don't You?
There may be a few Friday nights I'm home alone.
No, not alone. I've promised never to leave you. I would love to spend this Friday night with you.
Is this for real?
So real I shed my blood.
But Friday night along with God?
Oh, my child, the things I want to do in your life. The dreams I want to give you! The vision I want to create with you. I have so much in store for you, your mind couldn't comprehend it all if I told you everything right now.
Wow. For me? That's kind of exciting!
For you. You're that special. I dream big dreams for you.
I'm pretty good at dreaming, too, God.
Yes, you are. But My dreams are even bigger than your imagination! Check out Ephesians 3:20.
Okay, here it is:
"Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, (KJV)
Now, look at Amos 5:14
Old Testament. Got it.
"Amos 5:14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. (KJV)
My child, I love you way too much to let you slide. It hurts me to watch you settle for WWJD being a mere piece of fabric wrapped around your wrist when it's meant to be so much more.
I'm sorry, Father. I never really thought about it.
You see, I went through more torture than you can even fathom just so you could live WWJD instead of simply wear it.
This is a lot to swallow.
And I did because I love you.
But Father, I don't deserve a love that great.
And you know what? If you had been the only person in the entire world, I still would have gone through the crucifixion just for you!
Jesus, will You forgive me? I'm so sorry. I never meant to take your death for granted. I don't want to be a phony. I want to be genuine and full of you. I want people to see a difference in my life. I'm sorry I've taken you for granted. Jesus, fill me. Saturate me. Control me. Let me be putty in Your hands. Remake me in Your image.
I need to hurry to my piano lesson right now, Lord. And as soon as that's over, I have an important appointment.
With my Bible and my heavenly Father.
We need to talk about my friends, my time and my entertainment.
That's exactly what Jesus would do!