Have you ever sold something you didn’t mean to sell for a price that was way below its worth? This past April, 7,500 people did that very thing.
It seems that a British firm, GameStation, made a surprising purchase for an unbelievable price. All along the sellers were not even aware of what they had given away. The retailer added the “immortal soul clause” to the signed contract before making any online purchases. The clause went something like this: “By placing an order via Web site on the first day of the month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamestation.co.uk or one of its duly authorised minions.” There’s more. “we reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act. If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction.” (FOX News.com April 15, 2010)
On April Fools Day the terms were updated to make a very real point. No one reads online terms or conditions. Even though each shopper was given the chance to opt out, which would have given them a 5 pound voucher, as many as 88% of the shoppers did not read the terms and traded their immortal soul for the purchase of a video game. That translates to 7,500 people who unknowingly sold their immortal souls for nothing.
A note of thanks: the company will not be enforcing the ownership rights and planned to email customers nullifying any claim on their souls.
Wow! Can you believe so many people sold their immortal souls for nothing without even knowing it? Sadly, I do believe it. I see it happening every day. People sell their souls for almost nothing without ever being aware the transaction is being made. Jesus said it when He asked, “What does a man profit if he gains the whole world but forfeits his own soul?”
Everyday we see people race after all kinds of things they think will satisfy them. Our adversary, the devil, makes all kinds of pitches with all kinds of temporal things that can never replace one’s soul. Yet, people happily go right along with that old liar and sell something for nothing without ever even knowing it. The real tragedy is that the devil is not going to be like the retailer. He will not return your soul. He plans to keep it for eternity. And he lays claim to thousands of souls every day and they are helpless to resist him.
A big part of our mission is to help people realize the terrible deal they have made. While it may be too late to for them to get back what they lost, and they may be unable to do anything against satan’s claims, there is a Savior who can ransom what was lost. Jesus paid for lost souls a long time ago when He died on the cross. Jesus can rescue those who have lost their souls to that liar, the devil. While we may be no match for him, Jesus silenced that old liar when He shed His blood on the cross and rose from the grave. The devil is powerless against Jesus. Your soul has been paid for in full by Jesus.
Have you been taken in by the devil and his schemes? Have you sold something you can’t afford to buy back? Jesus understands and loves you. He stands ready to save you. He has already paid the price to buy you back. He is waiting on you to trust Him and let Him set you free. Will you trust Him today?
And then there are Christians who get taken in by the devil’s schemes. He tries to convince you that you’re lost and hopeless. He tells you lies about your sin and how unforgivable you are. Amy Grant has a new song out called “Better Than A Hallelujah.” The song says, “Tears of shame for what’s been done. The silence when the words won’t come, are better than a Hallelujah, sometimes. We pour out our miseries, God just hears a melody. Beautiful the mess we are, the honest cries, the breaking heart, are better than a hallelujah. Better than a church bell ringing, better than a choir singing out, singing out…”
The greatness of God’s mercy is how He is always ready to run meet us the moment we set our feet on the road to repentance. God loves you and has great plans for you. Don’t ever sell Him short by selling yourself short. You can turn from your sins and God will meet you right where you are to restore and renew you. Won’t you do that today? Just bow your head in prayer and tell Jesus about where you have gone wrong. His blood takes care of the rest. I John 1:9 reminds us that “if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Why not let Jesus take care of you right now? He is always ready. Are you?