Saturday, October 30, 2010

Is Your Soul Sold, or For Sale?

Is your soul sold, or is it for sale?  This question just struck me as I read these verses;

"The king said to Ittai the Gittite, 'Why should you come along with us? Go back and stay with King Absalom. You are a foreigner, an exile from your homeland.  You came only yesterday. And today shall I make you wander about with us, when I do not know where I am going? Go back, and take your countrymen. May kindness and faithfulness be with you.'

But Ittai replied to the king, 'As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.' " (2 Samuel 15:19-20).

This response from Ittai is pretty striking.  He had only arrived in Judah one day earlier, was an exiled foreigner, had nothing to fear from Absalom, and had just been granted a peaceful parting by the king...and yet here he is committing to follow David in his wanderings, with no idea where David is going or what the future is.  Ittai commits to follow David in life or even in death.  He soul is sold...sold out to following David.  A little later we read that David puts Ittai in charge of 1/3 of his army.  I wonder why...?

What are you sold out to?  What am I?  When we signed up to become a disciple of Christ, did we do it with the spirit of Ittai?  No turning back?  In life or death?  Or did we somehow expect a certain lifestyle?  Blessings, health, money, houses and cars, nice vacations, children that are well-behaved, etc.  Christ, of course, calls us to follow strings attached.

There's really only one other option to being sold; being for sale.  If your'e for sale, watch out.  The devil who masquerades as an angel of light has many, many things he'd like to sell you.

Being sold out to Christ is both a one-time commitment where you step over the line and into eternity, and a daily, moment by moment decision to remain in Him.  Not that you move in and out of salvation, but that we are being challenged and tested constantly.  A Christian, you recall, is a "Little-Christ."  Being sold out is not to have attained to being a perfect Christian, but it is a commitment to following Him...a commitment to living a holy life, "set-apart."  What does it look like?  I think the apostle Paul puts it best;

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:12-14)

Run hard, run fast, commit to following Him in life or death, and make sure your soul is not for sale.

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