Doing The Dance (Matthew 16:26)

My friend was recounting the effort his wife was undertaking to purchase an exclusive designer bag from a high-end fashion house. “They have to do the dance.”

I was intrigued. “Tell me!”

My friend rolled his eyes as he sat down in front of me. “Because these bags are in such high demand, the company wants to make sure that it creates the aura that it is very difficult to obtain.”

“How do they do this?”

“If you want to purchase this bag, you simply cannot walk into the store, plunk down your money, and buy it. It doesn’t matter who you are or even if you are paying for it in cash.”

“Wow. What do you have to do?”

“That’s when the dance begins. You have to establish a relationship with a salesperson. Once that happens, you have to work up to it. You purchase something that is expensive but not the coveted bag. That way, they see you are interested and you get your name in their system.”

“So, it is like putting a downpayment, putting your name in the queue?”

“Yeah, something like that. Meanwhile, you have to keep on calling and texting them, showing them you’re interested, and then, only if the salesperson likes you, will they return the inquiries and invite you to return to look at the bag. If they do, you can’t make any wrong move, like asking the price. If you do, the deal is off!”

“What? So after all that, the salesperson may not invite you back?”

“Yup, then you have to start all over again with someone else.”

I shook my head. “Amazing!”

Doing the dance. 

I was dumbfounded that such an elaborate interaction was needed to purchase this coveted bag, but then, when something is truly desired, one may go to extremes to obtain it. I know. Jesus Christ did the same for all humanity.

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

Matthew 16:26 (NLT)

We may have to do an elaborate dance with no guarantee that our actions will secure an exclusive bag. A bag is simply a worldly possession that will someday turn to dust. The most important possession we have is our soul. Jesus gave His life for us so that if we confess and repent of our sins and accept Him as Lord and Savior, we will have salvation and eternal life. No dance, just faith and belief in Jesus Christ. 


Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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