Jesus once asked the question, “For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul” (Matthew 16:26)?
This question should cause us to think seriously about our eternal worth. The great value of our soul is determined by the price that was ultimately paid on the cross for our redemption.
The apostle Peter reminds us that our redemption is not secured by silver or gold but “with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ” (I Peter 1:18-19). The things we care for are things we value. Certainly we should care for our own soul.
Remembering the cross will help us care for our soul. The Lords Supper takes our minds back to the cross and reminds us once again of the sacrifice made on our behalf (I Corinthians 11:23-26). If we appreciate the price paid then it behooves us to safeguard this precious trust.
If we value our soul, then let us do the will of God. The wise man built his house on the rock by hearing the words of Jesus and doing them, while the foolish man heard the word of God and failed to keep it, thus building upon the sand (Matthew 7:21-24). Our Lord “became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation” (Hebrews 5:9).
It’s very important that the child of God keep a servants heart. The Lord Himself said, “For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). If the Son of God so conducted Himself, then certainly those who have been redeemed by His blood will endeavor to walk as He walked in humility and service.
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