This is the Day…Friday
January 22, 2021
I Call Dibs!
Recently, I was reminded of an automobile commercial where a young lady was shopping for a new car at a dealership. When she found the car she wanted, she became concerned that another shopper might come along and want the same vehicle. So, to make sure no one else would take the car from her, the young lady licked the door handle of the car! Now, that was rather disgusting, even in a pre-COVID world! But I guess it was her way of saying, “I call dibs on this one!”
Dibs is one of those odd terms that has become a part of our everyday language. It refers to a sense of claiming something for yourself and your personal use. My understanding is that it is derived from an old children’s game called Dibstones which is like Jacks, where a ball is tossed into the air and the player must pick up items before the ball bounces more than once.
In today’s vernacular, dibs is frequently used as a way of making sure we stake our claim for those things we dearly want. The term is typically used to claim items that are in short supply, valuable or rare. As a child, I frequently heard dibs used in our home, usually with regards to food. When I was about to pick up the bag of chocolate chip cookies that was almost empty, someone would inevitably shout out, “I call dibs on that!” Or when we were down to the last piece of fried chicken at the dinner table. Someone would yell, “dibs!” We only yell dibs for those things that have value to us. The things we love.
You may not realize it, but God has also called dibs! In a voice that was so loud it has continued to be heard for centuries; God called dibs. When the perfect world which He created began to unravel and sin began to destroy His very good creation, God called dibs! Before sin could claim us and the evil of the world destroyed us, God claimed you for His personal use.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
When you were at your worst. When there was no hope and you were imprisoned by sin, God sent His Son, His only Son, to die for you. And three days later the whole world heard the victorious voice of God shouting, I call dibs! We call dibs for cars and cookies and fried chicken. God calls dibs for the valuable creation that He loves. You. On this day God has given you, live as one claimed by God. Live as one set apart for God’s use. And give thanks that God called Dibs!