“Redemption does not come so easily, for no one can ever pay enough to live forever and never see the grave” (Psalm 49:8-9, New Living Translation). How much is a life worth? Ransom demands in famous kidnapping cases have reached into millions of dollars. Perhaps the largest in modern times was the $60 million ransom paid for brothers Jorge and Juan Born, Argentine grain traders, in 1974 (equivalent to $293 million today). That’s beyond most of our comprehension, but is that really how much a life is worth? Or, perhaps the question should be how much is a soul worth.…

“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?” (Matthew 16:26 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). In the corporate world the profit and loss statement is reviewed often to make sure the company is on target and that adjustments are made properly. I only wish the same amount of diligence was given to our souls. According to this Bible verse, the soul is the most valuable asset we have. When was the last time you looked at your own spiritual profit and loss statement from God’s perspective?

Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to make sure that I am laying up treasures in Heaven. The whole world is of no value if I lose my soul.

Devotion by Kaye Singleton

“Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!” (Psalm 146:1, Holy Bible, NKJ). Shallow thanks or other expressions of gratitude echo the hollow sound of a rehearsed delivery, absent of enthusiasm, offered for social requirements. The psalmist proclaims “Praise the Lord!” He repeats it, then declares the sounds more than shallow words from his lips. They are offered from his soul. Prayer: Lord, I give You praise today. Not a shallow praise that comes from obligation, but praise from my soul! Amen. Devotion by Violet Carr Moore