“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” – Matthew 16:26
In our culture, we place the greatest value on that which, for the most part, has no lasting value. Imagine that a giant scale has all the stuff you already have or are trying to gain. Tipping the scale would be all the possessions and activities you typically view as benefits: houses, cars, boats, vacations, swimming pools, stock portfolios, college degrees, electronics, and all those gymnastics lessons. On the other side of the balance is simply…your soul.
It would seem obvious that the side with all the stuff would weigh down the balance, right? Wrong. In God’s measuring system, stuff always loses to your soul. Yet, when was the last time you stopped long enough to even consider your soul? How goes it with your soul? What kind of answer would you like to have for that question?
Your soul–that invisible and eternal part of you–is the part that connects you with God. Your soul is the real you. Jesus wanted us to understand that our souls are the most important part of who we are… our most valuable “possession.” That’s why Jesus asked, “Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Mark 8:37) This is why we need to value, feed and care for them.
Valuing, feeding, and caring for the soul is a whole lot easier when things are going well; but more difficult when storms are overhead and God’s presence and peace seem currently available. So not only are we dealing with the circumstances of the story, but what seems to be the confusing silence of God as well. But God is never far away and we can always connect with Him.
When we connect with God, we not only access the power and guidance we need for each day, we also invest in our eternity–our real home and final location, the place where the risen Christ is preparing for us to join Him. Connecting with God is also another way to prepare us for the time when we will be entrusted with “many things” for all eternity. By regular connection with God, we feed our souls–and at the same time, we store spiritual capital that will last forever.
1. How does your life reflect the truth that “your soul is your most valuable possession”?
2. What actions are you willing to take today in order to feed and care for your soul?