Can you sell yourself to do devil? If so, is it irreversible? King Ahab did. “So Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” And he answered, “I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do evil in the sight of the LORD”” (1 Kin 21:20). In order to gain Naboth’s vineyard, Ahab was willing to give away his honor and dignity as king solely to possess a piece of property. The king’s duty was to uphold the law, but he broke the law and thus sinned against Naboth, his fellow countrymen, and the Lord God.
Ahab did not sell himself all at once. In a sense, he mortgaged his soul little by little, bit by bit. When Ahab was made king, he continued the sins of Jeroboam by promoting the idol worship that Jeroboam created (1 Kin 16:30-33). He married a non-Israelite who worshiped the idols Baal and Asheroth. He even established temples for these idols, and worshiped there himself. It is not that Ahab totally abandoned God, but God became just one of many gods that Ahab worshiped. “But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up. And he behaved very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel” (1 Kin 21:25-26).
Actually, each time you sin you sell yourself to the devil. In other words, in exchange for the momentary pleasure of sin you are willing to place yourself into slavery to serve the desires of Satan. “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Rom 6:16). Solomon wrote, “His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in the cords of his sin” (Prov 5:22). It is a slavery where you voluntarily sell yourself to the slave master. “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin” (Romans 7:14). Worse than this, when it comes time to “collect” what we have bought, we discover that all we truly have purchased is death itself. “For the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:26).
This is why God speaks of salvation as an act of redemption. Redemption is to buy something back that had been previously sold. “And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Pet 1:17-19). God is willing to buy us back because He loves us, and not willing that any should perish but that all come to repentance (2 Pet 3:9). “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness” (Rom 6:17-19).
Ahab could have left his sins behind and returned back to God, but unlike Moses, he loved the pleasures of sins more than the afflictions of God (Heb 11:25). That is what Jesus was saying. “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matt 16:26). If you gained the whole world, you could not buy your soul back with it because you are more valuable than that. “None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him — for the redemption of their souls is costly” (Ps 49:7-8). That is why God gave the highest price for you. “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Pet 1:18-19).
I don’t care which sins you have committed, few or many, no matter how heinous they are, God will forgive (Except when we sin against the Holy Spirit). The only time it is too late to return back to God is the moment you die. As long as you have breath to live, strength to move, the ability to think, and the heart to change, you can turn from evil and turn back to God (Acts 17:30 f; Lk 13:3). Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation. Today, God’s hand is stretched out still (2 Cor 6:2 f; Isa 9:12, 17, 21). Don’t wait until it is too late (2 Thess 1:7-9)!