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What price would you put on your soul? Would you sell it for a lover? Or a job? How about a million dollars? Is fame or the power of life and death a fair price for your soul?

Selling your soul sounds so . . . medieval. Few today could conceive of the devil appearing before them; contract in hand, and a pen filled with your own blood with which to sign it. The idea is ludicrous.

If the devil did appear to you in that way, you would not sell your soul to him—you would most likely become a better Christian. If you positively knew the devil exists, then you would not have to take God’s existence on faith. You would know He exists. 

But our journey in this life requires faith. Paul said, "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."

Momentary Pleasure or Gain?

As for the devil? What does the devil need contracts for; when so many people deliver their souls without one? Why promise anything for a soul when many will simply hand him theirs, for momentary pleasure or gain? Sound silly?  Isn’t sin really a deal with the devil? When you step outside God's will aren’t you really selling your soul, at least a piece of it? That is what sin is about.

The magnitude matters less than the intention. Does it really matter to God whether you steal a million dollars by hacking a computer or five dollars by short-changing a customer? Yet, many do that type of thing every day. We sell a piece of our soul for momentary—often fleeting—pleasure or gain. It may be as little as a lie told to spare ourselves a little extra work, or as large as an evening outside our wedding vows. We sell our souls—willingly—a piece at a time.

The worst part is that we let this happen through laziness. It is easier and more comfortable to slide into error than to resist temptation, and follow Christ's path. Especially in a society, like todays, where Christian virtues are mocked and immoderate pleasure cheered.

And the devil? He waits, and smiles, and watches as you walk into his trap. Contracts? How medieval.

"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36).

1. Hebrews 11:1

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By Mark N. Lardas, copyright 2007, Mark N. Lardas, all rights reserved.  Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE ®, 1995.

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