The Value of a SoulChad Taylor
"Again, the devil took Him up into an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and said to Him, "All these things will I give You if you will fall down and worship me." " (Matt. 4:8-9). Satan comprehended the value of one soul. He was willing to pay any price to secure that eternal transaction. This same dynamic is in action today within the echelon of the rich and famous. Satan has no limit to the price that he will pay for just one human soul. A billion dollars is not enough to pay in Satan's passion for souls. Yet today the church is rarely moved to see even one soul saved. Rarely willing to expend the means to capture the heart of one that is lost and dying. We have lost the value of a soul.
When Jesus confronted the rich young ruler He said, "Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor." But the young man was already bought. Satan had already paid his own ransom, the riches and wealth of this present world. Every second another soul is purchased and paid for with the "kingdoms of this world and the glory of them." But so little is expended by God's people for the purchase of even one precious soul. Satan has the riches and wealth of the world. We have the blood of Jesus. The reason we do not give our very lives and wealth for the Son of God and His epic passion for souls, is because we have not grasped the great value of a soul. Satan does, and alas, the very mouth of hell expands to accommodate the influx. O that the church could understand even half of what Satan does the nations would be won in a day!
"There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine clothes, and lived in splendor every day. the rich man also died and was buried, and in hell he lifted up his eyes." (Luke 16:19-23). Satan courted this man with his wealth and fame seducing his soul into hell. There is no price tag too large that Satan is unwilling to pay to secure one soul into damnation. Tragically today we will hardly give our time and energy, not to mention our money, to see someone saved. Every day we walk past the priceless treasure of souls unwilling to pay the price to see them saved. Satan does not.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son." Heaven also understands the value of a soul. The Father paid the highest possible price to apprehend one soul for eternity, His only Son. What will we do? What price is too much for us to give for missions and harvest? Where is the limit in our giving to see our cities and streets won to Christ? Where do we stop to see the widow and the orphan delivered from their affliction? It cost Jesus everything. It will cost us no less. The burning question in God's heart is, "What will you give for a soul? What have you given lately for a soul?"
"The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully. And he said, this will I do, I will pull down my barns, and build greater. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have so much wealth stored up for many years, take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry." But God said, "You fool, this very night your soul shall be required from you." " (Luke 12:16-21). The only value in wealth is to use it for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God. To enable it to be the catalyst that empowers outreach and revival. "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth. but lay up for yourselves treasure in Heaven" was Jesus' strategy for prosperity. Treasure in Heaven will equate the souls that were saved and the hearts that were bound up with His eternal love during our lifetime. "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matt. 6:21).
"For what does a man profit if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matt. 1:26). Heaven and hell understand this principle and the value of a soul. It was this principle that compelled Jesus to the cross. It is the same force that will move us to take up our own cross and follow Him into the harvest fields. We must comprehend the value of a soul! Only then will we move with the perseverance to see souls saved and set free. Only then will we break out of the confinement of human limitations into the divine presence of revival. God give us passion for souls!
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