1998-12-14 - The Costly Soul
Psalm 25:1 Unto thee, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
A woman in Niceville, Florida bought a computer monitor at Office Max recently. Inside it she found $75,000 in cash. I am sure she was overjoyed.
Two Christian women, whose husbands were unconverted, agreed to spend one hour each day in prayer together for their salvation. Seven years passed with no change, and they wondered if they should continue. They agreed they would pray together till death. Three years passed and one of the women was awakened by her husband who was in great distress because of the condition of his soul.
In the morning the woman ran to her friends house to tell her the news. She was met on the way by her friend who was rushing to tell her the very same news. Ten years of united lifting up of the soul led to the blessing of God with the conversion of both husbands on the same day.
The first story, with the monetary windfall, at first seems very amazing. Seventy-five grand!! Imagine what we could do with that … But the second story is really the amazing one. No amount of money can compare to the gift of life to a soul that was bound for destruction.
To figure out which story would excite you more if it were to happen to you is something that reveals what you hold as a high priority. There is nothing more priceless than the soul. In fact the only thing in the world that really is priceless is a human soul. This should lead us to prize souls.
It should lead us to prize the souls of others. Those about us, whom we come into contact with, all have souls. Some are lost souls and others are those with whom we will spend eternity with in Christ. Either way, when we come into contact with others we ought to treat them as if they were what they really are, priceless.
This also means that your soul is priceless. If you ever wondered if God had a plan for your life, if you ever wondered what use God has for you on this earth, here is your hope: You have a soul. You are created in the image of God. You are, above all things, priceless and so is everyone else you have the privilege of coming into contact with. These truths should change how we think about and treat both ourselves and others.
"The fundamental error of sinners is undervaluing their own souls." Matthew Henry
Soli Deo Gloria,