Matthew 16:26- And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?
What is a soul? The soul is the immortal part of man which cannot die. The soul lives forever.
This scripture text is quoted by Jesus after He tells His disciples what the cost would be in being His disciples.
Jesus implies here that it is possible that a man could gain the whole world, with all it's wealth, luxuries and it's pleasures and still end up a loser in the end.
Everything in this world is temporary and will pass away. The soul of man is the only thing that will last forever.
The point Jesus is making here is the fact that anything or anyone that is placed first in our lives, other than Him, is a waste of time, effort and money. Those who follow Him and turn away from selfish desires will cause their souls to live forever, but those who don't will loose it.
If a man or woman makes billions of dollars in profits, and yet his soul ends up in hell, his profit will be loss.
All the money in the world will not make up for a soul that is lost forever. A secure soul is more eternally valuable than anything that the world could ever offer us.
What price have you placed on your soul? What have you given in exchange for your it?
As we look around the world today, the souls of many are lost. Many have soul their souls for the wealth and pleasures of this world. Things that are temporal with no eternal value.
What are you in pursuit of on today? Who or what have you committed to following? Is it the things of this world or the preservation of your soul? which is it? Which have you placed the most value on?
We all must daily ponder these 2 questions. What is the cost of my commitment? What is the price we are willing to pay for our soul?
The Bible clearly states that sin has a cost to it. Romans 623-For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
What is the cost of your soul? What price are you willing to pay for it?
Remember, it is the “soul” of a man that lives forever. Our souls will live forever, either in the presence of God in heaven if we are saved, or in punishment in hell if we reject God’s gift of salvation.
Where will your soul find it's resting place? Or, will it be no rest for your soul because you willfully chose to reject Christ and His Gospel?