When our coffee group, ‘the Sanhedrin’, gather in Fitch’s IGA each morning, the topics are wide and varied. We deal with problems of international and national interest as well as local situations. Because many of us are retired and live on fixed incomes, we are more price-conscious now than we ever were before. Mr. Jack, an esteemed member of our group, is the bargain hunter. He pours over newspapers and circulars looking for the best prices on items of interest to the group. Do you need to know where the best prices are to be found on tools, building supplies, clothing, house wares, etc.? Ask Mr. Jack! Restaurants and food prices are also fair game for his price-wise eyes. We take Jack’s information seriously. You know, “A penny saved is a penny earned”.
On a recent shopping trip to another town to look for some items I couldn’t find at Fitch’s, I rediscovered a basic truth. Not everything that appears at first to be a bargain really is! For example, a large economy-size can of a product contained 24 ounces for $1.29. On the shelf below were regular size cans, 15 ounces for $.52 each. Now, I’m not a mathematician, but the ‘economy’ size was .25 cents more than two small cans and contained 6 ounces less. You also need to be aware that some stores may mark prices higher and then lower the price to regular prices and call it a ‘Sale’. Mr. Jack says, “Shop wisely – don’t get stuck with a bad deal”.
We are interested in the cost of most everything this world has to offer. This should be true in every area of our lives, especially the spiritual. The adage ‘Let the Buyer Beware’ is doubly true in the spiritual realm. Don’t accept a bad deal when it comes to your soul! Satan, the prince of this world, continues to promise the world and all of its glamour to those who will follow him. He promises much, but gives little. In the pursuit of wealth and happiness in the here and now, people often fail to count the cost of neglecting their souls.
If you could take the coin of your soul and with this currency purchase the whole world, you would be making a bad deal. Why? Allow me to share three, of many, compelling reasons:
- The world is passing away. “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17, ESV). Who would want to buy a bottle of very expensive perfume if they knew there was a crack in the bottle and the perfume would certainly evaporate?
- You can’t take the things of this world with you when you die. Someone has said, “I’ve never seen a u-haul trailer on the back of a hearse.” How true that is! Jesus said,“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21, ESV) .
- The world does not satisfy. Deep within the heart of man is a hunger for God, our creator. Without God, life at its best will always be incomplete. “And he (Jesus) said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possession” (Luke 12:15). “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?” (Isaiah 55:2).
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36)
~ Brother Roy