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HeavenWhat Will You Give?
By Valerie Routhieaux

"What will you give for your soul?"

I stopped. What did he say?

"What will you give for your soul?"

I looked around to see who had spoken. He was on the corner, encased in a sandwich placard. A wooden cross leaned against a store's neon sign.

I wanted to hurry on my way, but my feet felt rooted to the ground. My heart pounded in my chest as he shouted again.

"What will you give for your soul?"

What would I give? My thoughts turned to all the things I enjoyed most: My X-box, hanging out with my buds, throwing back a brew, girls, ah, yes, girls. How about cigarettes, getting high once in a while, wild parties?

"What will you give for your soul?"

I looked more closely at his clothes. He wore jeans and a tee shirt. I couldn't see it behind the placard, but I could guess from other people who claimed to be Christians that he wore one of those 'Jesus' shirts. He also wore sandals on his feet, and had pamphlets in his hands.

Then I looked at the sign. My eyes were drawn to it. I wanted to avoid what it said, but couldn't.

WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY?


Eternity, oh yeah, it was one of those things preachers talked about. If you were good, you went to heaven, if you weren't you went to hell.

My brain slipped back in time. I was on the couch in my living room. My parents had the TV on. There was a preacher. He pointed his finger at the camera and right at me. I remember thinking, 'I'm a kid. Eternity is a long way off.' Then there was the song: Just As I Am.

My feet were moving. Not away from him, but towards him. In my mind was the preacher's voice from long ago: "You can be saved tonight, just ask Him."

He turned, a pamphlet extended toward me.

"How can I be saved?" There it was. It was out before I could stop the words.

Compassion, and I can only describe it as love, looked back at me.

"You must believe that Jesus loves you so much that he died for you. Do you?"

I nodded my head; my tongue was stuck in my mouth behind the prison of lips and teeth.

The look of compassion never wavered. Understanding was seen in the look on his face, and in his next words.

"Would you pray a simple prayer with me?"

Again I nodded, still unable to speak.

"Father, thank you for bringing this lost soul for Your kingdom."

He looked into my eyes.

"What is your name?"

"Bill."

"Bill, I want you to repeat after me."

"Okay."

I nodded my head, still uncertain about what I was doing, but somehow, in a strange way, it felt like the right thing to do. My insides were like jelly, my palms were sweaty; perspiration formed beads across my forehead.

He smiled and seemed to know the struggle I was having.

"May I take your hands?"

He reached for my hands, which also reached for his like a lifeline.

"Just repeat after me."

I nodded. Slowly I repeated the simple prayer. "Father, I come to you today, and ask You to save my soul. Wash me in the blood of Your Son, Jesus, who died on the cross for all my sins. I'm sorry for all the things I've done wrong. Thank you for saving me, and giving me eternal life with You. In Jesus name, amen."

Tears streamed down my cheeks. What I felt at that moment was an indescribable joy. I know there was a smile on my face, it felt like it stretched from ear to ear.

He was shaking my hand. "Do you have a Bible?"

I shook my head, and he turned to the cross that suddenly had new meaning for me. Pulling a Bible from a paper sack, he handed it to me.

"Thank you," I said.

I turned from him then, a brand new person. All those things that I thought I would never want to give up somehow seemed unimportant. I had a new purpose. I would start by reading the book I had been given.

What will you give for your soul?
Valerie Routhieaux writes under the pen name Valerie Jean, and has been writing Christian fiction for 26 years. She has currently completed a course with the Institute of Children's Literature, as well as the e-workshop offered on FaithWriters.com through Reflections magazine, and an article in the special edition prayer issue. Valerie is divorced, with three grown children and five grandchildren. She lives in Wisconsin and works full time in a call center. She is active in her church, and a prayer warrior who is willing to help in any way to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can write to Valerie care of the Letters page of this magazine.
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"All have sinned and fall
short of the glory of God" - Romans 3:23

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive
ourselves and the truth is not in us." - 1 John 3:16

"For God so loved the world that he gave
his one and only Son, that whoever believes
in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and
just and will forgive us our sins and
purify us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9

"For we know that our old self was crucified
with him so that the body of sin might be
done away with, that we should no longer
be slaves to sin - because anyone who has
died has been freed from sin." Romans 6:6,7
You can Receive Christ as Your personal savior right now through faith and prayer.

God knows your heart, and isn't concerned so much with the wording necessarily as He is the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner and that I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be."

Does this prayer express what is in your heart? If so, pray this prayer as your own, and Christ will come into your heart as He promised.

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