Things

I can be bought
Persuaded and sold
With fancy pictures and marketing you can steal my soul

Greed is my god
Jealousy my lord
There is always bigger, always better, always more

My society – lies to me – tells me things and I believe
My heart it longs – and all it wants – is something that will make me complete

Look at all my things
And count all my gold
Dig a hole you can’t fill and then ask for more

Sell me your dreams
Sell me your hopes
Just make sure you tell me that it’s nothing at all

You can’t buy me – I’m not for sale – I’m not for sale
You can’t buy me – I’m not for sale – I’m not for sale
You can’t buy me – I’m not for sale – I’m not for sale…
I’m already paid for

1st Chorinthians 6:19-20 has a curious line in it. It says, “You were bought with a price”. If I can be purchased, I suppose that means I’m for sale. There is a lot of imagery in the Bible that suggests (or, rather, proclaims) that we belong to God. We have been ransomed, purchased, reconciled, etc. I think if we belong to God, we could also belong to something else. If God has purchased us, that means we can be bought by someone or something else as well.

We live in a world that is trying desperately to buy us out. Through a system of greed and jealousy, we are always desiring, always acquiring, and never, ever satisfied. There is always a bigger house. A nicer car. A higher salary. Better lifestyle. The list goes on and on. If we allow ourselves to be sold to consumerism, we will never, ever be truly happy.

We have been bought with a price. It may seem odd to think about – maybe we never wanted to sell ourselves.  Maybe I don’t want to be owned, but I know I do want to be fulfilled. Complete. And I know that selling myself to whatever thing I want at the moment has never completed me. Only God can do that.

  • http://person2person.faithweb.com/ DeepEnd

    Great song. Sounded really good. I could easily imagine it playing on the Contemporary Christian station I listen to at work.

    • http://brianwahlband.com Brian

      Would be really cool to have this on the radio!

  • gabrielle duhl:)

    amazing song, you have a wonderful voice.
    very talented keep up the good work!
    do you have a myspace??
    if so thatd be an amazing way to get your music out!

    if you do you should add me, if you want ha.
    gabby duhl.
    and A voice for the aborted ones!

  • gabrielle duhl

    amazing voice.
    your lyrics really speak to me considering the struggles we all go through great job keep up the good work Brian!

    • http://brianwahlband.com Brian

      Hey Gabrielle,

      I do have a MySpace page, though I don’t keep it very updated. More action seems to be happening on YouTube and Facebook these days.

      http://www.myspace.com/brianwahlband

      Feel free to add me as a friend if you’d like.

  • gabrielle duhl

    i sent you a request
    i go by gabby also.
    so whichever you preffer

    i really enjoy your music my favorite has to be “things” i like how you give an explanation for your music unlike other artists!
    keep up the great work:)

  • Triumfator

    Let, God bless you. This song is great.=)

    • http://www.brianwahlmusic.com Brian

      Thank you!