What’s Your Soul Worth?

(This blog was originally published on December , 2015

So I found this image online from a 1960’s joke catalog, where you could buy a “contract” to sell your soul for a specific amount of money. The “fine print” says, “By signing this contract, I agree to surrender my soul to the devil upon expiration, into a life of enslavement and torture for all eternity, for the price of $________”. Now we’ve all seen movies or read storied about people who sold their soul for fame and fortune … it’s the stuff of B-movies and cheesy horror stories. But it got me thinking … what is my soul really worth?

Some things are easy to put a value on … goods and services are usually “keystoned”. meaning to take what it cost to create or perform and item or service, and double it. Some things are a lot harder. For example, in January of 1987, I had the chance to buy a piece of art by Andy Warhol. It was $3,500, and I was really in love with it.. Now, I was about to get married at that time, and that was quite a chunk of change, so I decided against it. Fast forward to February 22 1987, the day Andy Warhol passed away. Less than a week later, the painting jumped in price to $10,000. I just saw online where the same piece sold in 2012 for $362,500. So how much is it really worth? $3,500 or $326,500? That’s the question. The value is what a person puts on it.

“VW Lemon Ad” 1985 by Andy Warhol

So you can put a price on items, but what about something intangible, like your soul? You can’t really see or touch it, but you know it’s there. So what’s it worth? If you think about it, the price of your soul fluctuates … like art. There are times when my soul is priceless, and I keep it in high regard. Then there are times where I’ll sell it out completely for the sake of being comfortable, and not having a conversation that needs to happen. Then there are times I’ll sell it through omission, by not telling the “whole” truth. Let’s face it, there are more ways to sell your soul than there are Starbucks coffee shops. Just pick your favorite to fill in the blank.

I find it so odd, that as Christians, we continue to “sell our souls” on a daily basis. And for what? “I agree to surrender my soul to the devil upon expiration, into a life of enslavement and torture for all eternity, for the price of $________“. Fill in the blank. What’s your soul worth? Do you honestly think that’s a good deal? Think about the little things that you trade your soull for every single day. Neil Peart of Rush said it best when he wrote, “We will pay the price, but we will not count the cost.”

My prayer for you this week is that you remember that God has already bought out your contract with the blood of Jesus, and live in the abundant freedom of His love and kindness.