Friday, April 13, 2007

What's YOUR Soul Worth?

What’s YOUR Soul Worth?

“For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” (Luke 9:25 – King James Version).

Ask Adam…the whole world was his and he was given rule over it. He traded it for a moment’s indulgence. He might not have known, or perhaps he did not clearly understand it, but I believe it was unbelief. He just didn’t take God very seriously when the Lord said, “If you eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, you WILL SURELY die!” Adam had it all, the whole world and his soul. He was the only man that ever had it all. He’s the only one that has ever lost it all. It seems many times that we are trying to get it all back. It’s not going to work! If we do get it, what good would it be if losing our soul is the price? The world is going to burn one day anyway.

What if you had all the riches of Bill Gates? My wife told me recently that 0.2% of his worth is ten million dollars. That guy is rich! Is your soul worth all of that money?

What if you had the mind of Albert Einstein? What if you were the smartest person on the face of the planet? What if there were no fact that you did not know and no theory that you did not understand? Is your soul worth that?

What if you had the power of Alexander the Great? What if you ruled the known world and every person was at your beck and call? Is your soul worth that?

Really…what’s your soul worth? It’s worth more than the world and you know it. It was worth God stepping down from the lofty heights of heaven and putting on the flesh of man and dying on an ugly cross. That’s what your soul is worth.

The fact of the matter is that we rarely will ever get the chance at any of those things. I doubt any one reading this today has the temptation of billions of dollars. I doubt any one of us has the lure of great power or world-shaking intelligence. What we do have are opportunities that are a lot smaller that we trade our soul for. We work too much and pray too little. We buy too much and give too little. We find more to want and less to be content with all the time. We find more distractions in the world than we do attractions in the Lord. Sometimes we simply trade obedience to God for a selfish pursuit. I could go on and on.

The point is simple. We ALL need to truly analyze ourselves. What’s our soul worth? What’s worth risking it?

1 comment:

Erin G. said...

Hey Tim. Nothing profound to say; just wanted to drop by. Like many of your devotions, this one hit me right between the peepers. What if I had all the artistic or creative ability of Picasso? Could I use it for His glory or would I trade it in on my own pursuits?

Lord, guide us all in your steps alone! Thanks for writing these devotions, Brother. Mucho peace, ezg.