This morning I’m at this auction. It’s been a while since I’ve been to an auction. And this will be my first equipment auction. Since I now have a hobby garden tractor, I’m looking for any other implements I might need. I know, a man and his toys. There will be lots of stuff there; some things that someone doesn’t need anymore; some things that someone bought with the intent of reselling at a profit, and some things–well, they just seem to show up. It’s a macro-system of buying and selling.

It depends on how bad someone wants an item, and how bad someone wants to sell an item. I guess you could say price is determined by want. And that got me to thinking. I know–strange thing to get me thinking. But great minds see things most folks can’t see. I don’t know why I can. But here’s what I found–from the Bible, no less.

36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? 37 Is anything worth more than your soul?

Mark Chapter 8, Verses 36 and 37

There is an auction going on every moment of every day. The item being auctioned is your heart and mind. And there are only 2 bidders in the action. Each is offering you something in exchange for your heart and mind. One is offering you the world. Well, not exactly ALL of the world–but enough to make his bid seem enticing. If you accept his bid, you will get exactly what he promised you–and a whole lot more. The problem is “the whole lot more” isn’t explained to you–and you can’t see it at that moment. You get something–but you lose a whole lot more. You lose your soul, and miss spending eternity with God.

The other offer doesn’t have the flash and splash of the previous bidder. In fact, He will tell you that sometimes what He gives you costs you something more. He will tell you that sometimes it’s uncomfortable and inconvenient–but only temporarily. His offer also has more than you can see. But what you can’t see–let’s just say it has a lot better outcome–even a perfect outcome. Eternity with Him in perfect joy and love.

The winning bid is selected by YOU. So, what’s your soul worth? One bidder says, “Not very much!” And the other bidder says, “I give up my Son for you!” So, which one wins? You choose, just make sure you choose wisely!

Love God with all your heart. Love others the way Jesus loves you. And make sure all the glory goes to Him!