“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?’” – Matthew 16:24-26 New Living Translation
Here is another take on the worth of our soul: The natural inclination of man is to seek comfort, fame and/or power. With much of that comes wealth. These are all distractions that take our eyes off that which is the most important thing … eternity. It doesn’t seem all that important when we are young and have the world by the tail, but at some point that which seemed so important to us will suddenly not seem important at all. Perhaps it will be when our health begins to fail. Perhaps when the finances run dry. Maybe it will be when we feel we have run out of options. Until the eternal clock stops ticking a person can turn his or her life over to God. Turning to God is following him wherever he leads. The road may be rocky and the climb steep, but you are never alone.
If you truly desire to be a disciple of Christ then you must leave every aspect of your old life on the alter and allow the Holy Spirit to begin to remove that which is contrary to the will of God for your life. Trust is the key word here. Trusting that what we’ve given up is worthless compared to that which God shall reveal to us.
As we focus our gaze upon Christ instead of the mountains that surround us we will be able to overcome any obstacles in our path. Your soul is priceless to God, so much so that he sent his Son to pay the sacrificial price for our sin debt. Once his we can move forward to become all he knows we can be in him. Without God’s assistance our lives will amount to nothing of any eternal value. With God, there is nothing we cannot accomplish in his name. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.