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The Worth of a Soul

Suppose you could gain everything in the whole world and lost your soul. Was it worth it?     Billy Graham

We see it so often.  And, because we do, we become somewhat numb to the reality.  Our eyes capture the scenes, but our hearts have become inoculated to the images. You could rattle off a myriad number of events that have occurred in the last few weeks that were horrific.  And, yet as you do so, there is not a lump in your throat, or tears in your eyes, or the sense of grief over the loss of life that was viewed only as news events.

The sorrows that create pain for us are those that affect us personally.  The loss of a job, a fire/flood/tornado/hurricane that impacts our “world” is viewed with grave concern.  When one of our family or close friends experiences a heart attack, stroke, discovery of a malignancy, car accident, etc. … then the level of our empathy expands exponentially.  Everything that we can do to assist in those moments is done without any thought of time, energy, or money that it costs to help.

But, that same level of concern has faded away when it comes to the spiritual condition of others.  Whether family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, work-out partners, or the like, most Christians never bring up spiritual conversations.  The excuses range from—fear of offending; not knowing how to broach that kind of conversation; appearing to be “holier than thou”; “just don’t think my friend is interested in spiritual things.”

There is no condition in a person’s life that is more critical and the result more tragic than a person stepping into eternity without Christ.  Because some of us are not close to the LORD in our walk with God, we know that it would be very difficult to convince a friend that they really need Jesus.  Their surprise is that you would bring up spiritual matters to them since you have had no qualms about doing the very questionable things with them that are morally unacceptable. The day of reckoning is coming, and the loss of “lives” eternally is going to be great. Best make sure that those you love are not in the category of “lost” when our LORD comes.

There is an old story that illustrates the principle of love for a husband and honor within marriage. A drunkard husband, spending the evening with his jovial companions at a tavern, boasted that if he took a group of his friend’s home with him at midnight and asked his Christian wife to get up and cook supper for them, she would do it without complaint. The crowd considered it a vain boast and dared him to try it. So, the drunken crowd followed him home, and he made the unreasonable demands of his wife. She complied, dressed, came down, and prepared a very nice supper and served it as cheerfully as if she had been expecting them.

After supper one of the men asked her how she could be so kind when they had been so unreasonable and when she did not approve of their conduct. Her reply was: “Sir, when my husband and I were married, we were both sinners. It has pleased God to call me out of that dangerous condition. My husband continues in it. I tremble for his future state. Were he to die as he is, he would be miserable forever. I think it my duty to render his present existence as comfortable as possible.”  (Copied).