Mar 8:37 (KJV) Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
What will a man not give in exchange for his life? A certain man took ill and was flown abroad. He later died. What made news was not his death, but how much he paid the hospital abroad to stay alive. Nobody knew he had that huge amount of money anywhere.
Whenever a man is faced with survival, he is ready to give anything- no matter how dear- in exchange for his life. Men have traded their faith for their lives. Women have traded their children for their own lives. People have betrayed their friends to keep their own lives. There is a saying common among South West Nigerians ‘If pieces of a hot coal fall on both you and your child, you would shake yours off before that of your child’. It makes sense for a man to fight for his life first above all else. But why do men give away their souls so easily? For what is the life without the soul?
In our Bible text for today, the Lord Jesus Christ rated the soul above the life. He said in Mark 8:35-37 ‘For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?’
So how seriously do you take your soul? Is your soul saved by the Savior Jesus Christ? If that life of yours ends today, what assurance do you have for your soul? How often have you traded your soul for pleasures, riches and the likes? The Lord Jesus paid the price you could never afford for your soul. Do not exchange it for even the whole world.
Go into today with the grace and determination to guard your soul above all else.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I ask for more grace. Help me never to trade my soul for anything else. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.
— Adeolu Olumodeji
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