The Value of Your Soul

When we are trying to determine the value of something, we use many different criteria. We may ask questions such as:

Who created this thing? A work of art created by Picasso or Rembrandt has a high value because of the skill and genius of its creator. A painting created by me (or probably you, for that matter!) will fetch a much lower price.

What can it become? A real estate speculator might pay a high price for a piece of property in a developing area, knowing that its value is sure to increase in the future.

How long will it last? Recently, I replaced a number of light bulbs at our home with “long-life” bulbs. The new bulbs were considerably more expensive.

How rare is it? An authentic Christopher Columbus autograph is prized because not many of the famous explorer’s signatures exist. Generally speaking, the rarer something is, the higher its value.

What will someone pay for it? Stock prices fluctuate wildly simply because certain companies become desirable in the eyes of investors. The amount someone is willing to pay for something increases its perceived worth.

Now, consider how the Bible answers each of these questions with regard to your soul.

Who created your soul? The Bible answers that God did. He made you in His own image. When He created human beings, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after own likeness” (Genesis 1:26, ESV).

What can your soul become? To followers of Christ, God promises that one day “we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2, ESV). God’s greatest desire for every person is for him or her to become just like His perfect son, Jesus.

How long will your soul last? Your soul is eternal. Jesus says that everyone’s soul will spend forever somewhere – either in Heaven or in Hell. He tells us that there are two roads of life we may choose. One leads to eternal life, while the other leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14).

How rare is your soul? You are unique. There is no other person in all of time who has ever been or ever will be just like you. The Bible says that God knitted you together in your mother’s womb and that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-14).

What would someone pay for your soul? Long before you were born, God provided the highest payment possible for your soul. God’s Word says that you were “ransomed” or paid for “not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

However one might choose to measure it, your soul has incredible value in the eyes of the Lord!

Have a great day and keep moving forward!