What Will You Give in Exchange For Your Soul?

By Francis Frangipane

"In the last days, perilous times shall come" (2 Tim. 3:1).

When Paul writes that, "perilous times shall come," with holy fear we ought to consider his words. Indeed, we might expect the apostle's warning about the last days would focus upon coming persecutions or specifics concerning the Great Tribulation. But what Paul actually describes as "perilous" is a world full of obsessive self-fulfillment and readily attainable, and almost unbridled, opportunities for pleasure.

Consider well his warning.  For his spiritual analysis reads like the advertisement section of a local newspaper. He continues,

"For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God" (2 Tim 3:2-4).

It would be difficult enough if Paul were warning of the world's condition.  However, the conditions he describes are not isolated to pagans or atheists, for such attitudes have always run rampant in the non-Christian world.  Paul is warning about the worldly attitudes of people in the church.  His concern is that many Christians will be intoxicated with the pleasures of this world.  He then tells us that a religious veneer will mask this preoccupation with pleasure: Christians will hold "to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power" (2 Tim 3:5). 

Beloved, Paul is warning about the conditions in many of our churches in the western world.  

We need a deep, cleansing revival that returns us to passionate, biblical Christianity.  I am not talking about a "flopping, hopping, run around the church sanctuary" emotional experience, but an all consuming return to the pursuit of Christ's character and power.  

In a world replete with temptation and self love, I ask you to consider the In Christ's Image Training program.  View the testimonies on our webpage from some of our students.   If you are truly hungry for more of God, beloved, the opportunity to move nearer to God is at hand.

So many things steal into our soul with the intent of capturing our attentions and affections.  Jesus challenges this trading of spiritual things for natural. He asks, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mk 8:36-37)

Dear one, if it is an inevitable life principle that we exchange our souls for something, let us choose to exchange our hearts for Christ's!  Let us possess the meaning and power that comes from conformity to Him.   Indeed, if we miss this opportunity, what shall we give in exchange for our souls?

Lord, awaken again my passion for You.  Forgive me for being dissipated with the things of this age.  Draw me near to You.  Empower me to lay hold of the true purpose of my existence: to become like You.  Amen.