How much would you pay for your soul? How much would it be worth to you to know that your soul, the essence of who you are, would come into its full potential and live forever? How much? If something is rare, it costs more. Someone bought a 1962 Ferrari for $35 million! Presumably, it was pretty rare. How much would the Ferrari guy pay for his soul? Souls are priceless, so rare a value cannot be determined. How rare is your soul? It is one of a kind. Jesus said:
“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)
Why is any payment necessary? Don’t we already have our souls? Yes, but our souls are dead – separated from the Spirit of God with which they were designed to be filled and brought to life. This separation came about as a consequence of not trusting God and turning away from Him. Adam and Eve initiated that “death” or separation. We continue their pattern of rebellion in each of our lives. If you don’t pay your phone bill and they shut off your connection, your phone dies. You can pay the bill to restore your phone to “life.” How much would you have to pay to restore the life of God’s Spirit to your soul? The life of your soul is priceless. Not even the Ferrari guy would have enough to pay to restore your soul.
“No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him—” (Psalm 49:7)
No one who has ever turned from God – ever – could pay for your soul. The only one who could ever pay enough would be someone who led a perfect life and did not owe a payment for his own soul.
Consider these words of Jesus:
“…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:10b-11)