‘Gbee’ a word from the Ghanaian Ga dialect which literally translates as dog in English language.
The word ‘gbee’ is often used to suffix words used to describe people strongly hooked on a particular addiction. For eg, gamers tagged as ‘game-gbee’, football lovers tagged ‘bɔɔlu-gbee’, party goers “party-gbee”. Drawing parallels between the addicts and their drug to that of a master with his dog. The dog following the master wherever he goes and sends.
One would be pardoned for thinking the term was derogatory and demeaning but it has been accepted as a slang especially within this context.
So ‘Jesus-gbee’ would refer to someone who is addicted to Jesus Christ and can’t go a day without having a piece of him. Such people are always found in church, Sunday to Sunday, involved in various activities. From choir rehearsal to prayer meetings, weekday teaching services, to the main church service on Sunday.
Earning them several names such as “Kri-fé”, “Jesus freaks”, “church boy/girl” as a snare describing their seemingly excessive participation in church.
This article however, is not to bash the ‘Christ addicts’ for spending all their time in church neither is it to plead on their behalf for teasing and name calling to stop but rather to urge the “Jesus freaks” on, to keep on doing what they’re doing and pay no attention to these jibes. For Christ our Lord and saviour suffered graver atrocities, the disciples were dealt a far worse hand, the early church persecuted. The magnitude of what they experienced dwarfs whatever the modern day Christian would dare call “persecution”.
Back then they weren’t allowed to talk freely about the gospel without being martyred, they couldn’t walk about happily with their bibles locked in their armpits or hold fellowships out in the open. They had to do that in secrecy for fear of execution.
And you think you are having a hard time because a few people are calling you names? Pfff… try telling that to ‘John the beloved’ one who was placed in a pot of boiling oil as if he were Christmas chicken. He’d be lol-ing all the way to share this joke with Peter and the others.
The words of Apostle Paul in 2 Cor 12:10 should be your motivation. He wasn’t gonna be fazed by insults hurled towards him but rather content with them, ha-ha… the irony.
Instead, count it all joy that you are tagged a “Jesus-gbee”, for is there any better place to dwell than under the secret place of the Most High, in the tabernacle of the lord, his holy sanctuary?
It’s no coincidence the King David said, “Certainly spending just one day in your courts is better than spending a thousand elsewhere. I would rather stand at the entrance to the temple of my God than live in the tents of the wicked.”- (Psalm 84:10).
Although it may seem as though time is passing you by, missing out on all life’s pleasures and fun don’t forget the bigger picture, there is a higher reward ahead, the prize at the end of the race, an everlasting crown, eternal joy.
“Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth,”– Col 3:2
Matt 16:26– “For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life?”
So the next time someone calls you ‘Jesus-gbee’ or ‘Jesus Freak’ don’t get upset and let it bother you. Just hold your head up high, chest out, with a beaming smile across your face and give that person a wink because you are glad to be reppin’ King JC, proud member of #TeamJesus. And remember to say a prayer for the person that he/she may see the light and come to the revealing knowledge that Jesus is Lord just as Paul then Saul experienced on his way to Damascus.
But in all that we do let’s not forget to live a practical Christ-like life, as your every move is being monitored and serves as a sermon to world. Since we are Christ representers we cannot not just talk it but our lives must show it. For it will be rather useless and a waste of time directing people to the place of salvation when we ourselves like signboards are outside the premises we are giving the directions to and are not practicing what we preach.
So let’s also work on ourselves, put on our Jesus as we hop on the Jesus steeeeeeze!