worth of the soul

What will you give?

How much is your soul worth?

Some would take umbrage to such a question and say, “My soul is worth more than any amount of money because it is eternal,” and that would be right. Would it surprise you to know, however, there are people who would happily settle for much less?

Some people don’t mind being religious as long as it doesn’t cost them anything. Just filling a pew on Sunday gives them the feeling that they are religious and good people. When the church asks them to give or help on a regular basis, they refuse. In just such a way haven’t they sold their souls in exchange for much less?

Some people don’t mind coming to services on Sunday morning as long as no one makes a further demand on their time. “We don’t want to become religious fanatics,” they may say. Yet, it is almost impossible for them to miss a football or a basketball game and they gladly wear the name “fan” of whichever sport they like. Haven’t they sold their souls in exchange for fun?

Then, there are those who use the church for their own purposes. While only for social, political, or other needs, they like attending services until the church requires more than they are willing to give. Haven’t they made a transaction to sell their souls for those purposes?

“What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Jesus asked in Matthew 16:26. The word Jesus used for “exchange” in the original language of the New Testament is interesting. One lexicon offered, “There is nothing that would compensate for such a loss.”[1]

One commentator on the passage wrote that it isn’t likely that people now will be called upon to give their lives for the Lord Jesus. Even so, many people are selling their souls in exchange for the wrong commodity. Suppose your idea of religion helps you gain everything you want, but in the process you lose your soul. What kind of transaction is that?

[1]A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature.” Bauer, Arndt, Gingrich, second edition, p. 72.

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 40 years and a preacher for about half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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