Which is worth more – your LIFE or your SOUL?
What is your life worth? People don’t ask this question often but it is worth considering.
The value of our life depends on who is doing the evaluation. Our neighbours might value our life based on our contributions to the community. A chemist might value us based on the chemicals in our bodies (which are probably worth less than $50). An insurance adjustor would establish our worth by our future earnings based on our job, education and age. Famous people have value because others pay to see or hear them.
Furthermore, these values are very temporary. Values can change suddenly. They changed in the summer of 2015, when the wealth of the world decreased by $11 trillion. Naturally speaking, our planet has more than 7 billion people so there is no reason to think our life should be valued more than others by our Creator. In fact, God views our lives as temporary and non-substantive: “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).
Some place a value on our lives, but God sees the value of our souls. Our souls are intensely personal because they are our eternal beings. Their value cannot be measured by insurance adjustments or popularity. The Bible asks “what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”(Mark 8:36). Our souls are more valuable than the possession of the wealth of the entire world for a lifetime. Wealth decays, but our souls will last eternally. Our souls are our identities and the vessels in which we will experience joy or suffering for all eternity.
God values our souls much more than the world we live in. The value He places on our souls is seen by His actions: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Every person who trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ and His saving work is freed from the consequences of sin and his or her soul will dwell with God eternally. The worth of your soul is determined not by your accomplishments or relationships – it is determined entirely by what you do with God’s love and offer of salvation. Don’t neglect the future of your soul!
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