By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries
At a special
auction the bidding for lot No. 21 began at $20 million. Bids were made of $1
million which quickly drove the price beyond $50 million. In ten minutes a
buyer purchased “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” by Vincent Van Gogh for $82.5 million.
A record price for a piece of art.
are made for many different items. A rare baseball card of Honus Wagner
(baseball) sells for $100,000. Everyone seems to seek valuable things to
collect, but the most valuable thing you will ever possess is your soul. What
is your soul worth?
The Bible says,
“For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his
own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37).
Your soul is so valuable that God and the devil both bid for you.
offers you the world and all its pleasures. He offers you power, fame, and fun.
But the end is always destruction.
God offers you
peace, rest, and eternal life. The end will always be peace, and contentment.
The bids for your soul are made, but you must decide who will win the final
Many years ago
there was a roadside auction with many people. It so happened, that the Queen
had her chariot to stop to watch the different bids at the auction. At that
time a preacher saw an opportunity. He jumped upon the platform and yelled,
“Next item, what am I bid for your soul?” He then said, “3,000, 4,000, from the
Devil, then 5,000 from God, then 6,000 from the Devil.”
then pointed directly at the Queen and said, “And what am I bid for your soul?”
The Queen quickly bowed her head and wept under deep conviction. She suddenly
realized who possessed her eternal soul. She then prayed for God to save her
soul. She decided who won the auction and final bid for her soul.
gamblers are not in Reno, or Las Vegas, but the greatest gambler is the person
who gambles that he will live another day. “Whereas ye know not what shall be
on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a
little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14).
“Well, what am
I bid for your soul?” Dear friend, do not gamble another day without Christ as
this could be your last day on earth. Don’t gamble with your eternal soul.
These are Words of Wisdom.
Ted Camp is
director of Silent Word Ministries, a worldwide ministry to the deaf based in
Trenton. E-mail him at TC@silentword.org to be added to the email list for
weekly articles or phone (706) 657-8000.