Who Switched All the Price Tags?

April 9, 2013 — 4 Comments

“For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”  Luke 16:15


Imagine that you went into a store one day and all the price tags were switched around.  Someone came in during the middle of the night and pulled the price tags off of expensive items and put them on the cheap ones.  And vice versa, they put all the cheap price tags on the expensive items.

So items that should cost $100 were being sold for a $1 and items that aren’t worth more than $1 were being sold for $100.  What would happen?  What would the scene look like?

Well, apparently that actually happened several years ago at a Walmart.  A group of college students wanted to pull a prank so they somehow found a way to switch around all the price tags overnight.

And they really fooled people.  People actually believed the false price tags.

You had items which were worth practically nothing being sold for a lot of money.  People thought they were getting something valuable but in the end it turned out to be junk.  But they didn’t realize it because they were fooled by the price tag.

And on the other side, you had items which were very valuable but they were being ignored because their price tags said that their value was low.  People were walking right by them but they never realized how much they were really worth because the price tags were switched.

Can you believe it?  Confusion and chaos all around.  I can’t imagine what those poor suckers must have felt like when they discovered the truth.  Can you?

Well, believe it or not, the same thing is happening today all around the world – but this time it’s much more serious.  The perpetrator isn’t a college kid and the location isn’t a store in the middle of nowhere and what’s at stake is much more than just a few dollars.

The prankster in this story is Satan – the Devil himself.  He is the one who is playing a trick on all mankind.  Somehow he managed to sneak into the world while we weren’t paying attention and switch all the price tags on the things that matter in this life.

And we fell for it.

He convinced us that the things of this world are more valuable than the things of God – things like success, prestige, fame, pleasure, happiness, etc.  “Do whatever you can to get those.  Pay whatever price – even if you need to sell stuff to get them.  But do whatever it takes.  Those are the most valuable items in the store,” he says.

And we fell for it.  We fell for it not realizing that all those things are garbage.  They are all useless.

Go ahead, chase after fame.  Get all the FAME you can get.  Work your hardest to be famous and well known and respected.  And then see what happens to your fame in the end.

Go ahead, pursue WEALTH and RICHES.  Work 100 hours a week and ignore everything else around you get it.  But what are you going to do that wealth and those riches when all is said and done?  Will you take it with you?  Are you planning on using it to place a down payment on a mansion in eternity?  Is that why you love it so much?

Go ahead, spend your life seeking PLEASURE for today – pleasure that makes you feel good for a moment.  You better hope that moment lasts long – because the damage you are doing to your character and to your integrity (and to your family if you have one) certainly will be long lasting and it might even be permanent.

Jesus said this:  “For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”  Luke 16:15

So what does matter then?  What are the valuable items in this “store”?

“LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?  Who may live on your holy hill?  He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart.”  Psalm 15:1-2 

The PEOPLE in your life matter.
“Though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing”  1 Corinthians 13:2

“And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”  1 John 2:17

Satan is a sneaky guy.  He’s been playing tricks on people for a long time (go back and check out the fast one he pulled on Adam and Eve back in Genesis 3 - he really messed them up).  He is an expert at switching price tags.

Are you going to fall for it?

For discussion: can you remember a time when you were fooled by the switched price tags?  What helped open your eyes? 

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  • neb

    Thanks abuna, our society has a “do anything as long as you don’t hurt anyone” mentality which in theory sounds nice but is really not practical

    I remember when I first went to college all I wanted to do was have fun. As as soon as I got there I was taken up by all the useless things that I didn’t go back home to visit or call my friends for almost 2 years! I was so fooled in to thinking my relationships with my friends and family back home can wait while I put all my effort into having fun and making “lasting memories”. There were some harsh consequences but fortunately they helped me open my eyes. My relationships with my friends and family back home didn’t wait. I lost a couple of close family members at the time and the relationships with my friends suffered a lot.

    The fun I was having got repetitive, was far from lasting, and it never lived up to the anticipation.

    • http://franthony.com/ Fr. Anthony Messeh

      Exactly. I remember when I had almost the exact same revelation in my second year of college as well. Good to know that I wasn’t alone there.

      Thanks so much for sharing Neb.

  • ✞ GoDLovesME ✞

    what an amazing post!! always make me look at stuff in a different way and yes i agree that Satan is the best tricky/sneaky in this world. he is good at what he does and he even tricks me on a daily bases. the most that he does and i think not only me fall into it is that using some verses in the bible against me and make me think about that specific verse and make excuses for everything “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything” 1 corinthians 6:12 in my opinion that is the most dangerous verse in the bible and that is what we always use to get around stuff and sin and with that verse we really convince ourselves that its ok we are allow to do anything as God said but that is not the truth and thats what Satan has a phd on. and he practice on us….

    • http://franthony.com/ Fr. Anthony Messeh

      Yes! Exactly. You got it. He will even use Bible verses to try to confuse/trick you.

      So maybe a good thing for us is to have a spiritual partner/friend who can help us detect his lies and see things objectively. It’s hard to objective about our own lives, but maybe having a friend from the outside would be helpful.

      I’ll be praying for you. Thanks for the comment.