“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7, NKJV)
Are you a garage sale enthusiast—thriving on the hunt, the haggle, the victory? Not me. That gene was left out of my makeup. If I browse garage sale tables, all I see are tired, worn items of little value. As a seller, which is seldom, I cannot get beyond the “but I paid $$ for that” mindset. Why would anyone offer only twenty-five cents for my wonderful treasure?
Some things deserve more than garage sale prices. Instead of being on a table filled with similar items inside a dusty garage, they should be on display in the window of an exclusive store. Who can place a value on the hug of a child . . . a lifelong friendship . . . untarnished character . . . faithful love . . . peace and contentment?
If we were asked to name the most valuable thing in the world, what would we respond? I doubt it would be the $4.8 billion custom yacht one anonymous Malaysian businessman owns. Nor would we say the $2 billion skyscraper home of another businessman. Or the more modestly priced $71.2 million Pink Star diamond. (Yes, real prices!) None of these, nor dozens of other such expensive items, match the value of something both you and I possess. The most valuable thing in all the world is our soul.
Why is the soul so priceless?
It is eternal and does not cease to exist at death. “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26)
The cost to redeem our soul was so great. “Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold . . . but with the precious blood of Christ” (I Peter 1:18-19).
In Matthew 16:26 Jesus asked His disciples, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Although the soul is more valuable than the world, Satan would like to see us sell out at garage sale prices. He tricks many into exchanging it for success, money, fame, and worldly pleasures. Even those of us who serve God must be careful to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us” (Hebrews 12:1). We must constantly evaluate our possessions, our decisions, and our actions lest we allow the temporal to take our eyes off the eternal.
If we truly believe our soul is more valuable than anything in the world, and it is, it will transform how we live our lives. Don’t sell out cheap. We were bought with a price—a very great price—the blood of Jesus Christ. We are worth everything to Him.