As human beings, we often do everything to invest in our lives here on earth, but many forget to invest in their souls, forgetting that fighting for our salvation is our daily war. In fact, what many people don’t realise is that there is an invisible war taking place in this world; a battle between light and darkness for our soul, that no one speaks about. This war has a hefty cost; a cost that will determine where each one of us will spend eternity.
In the world today, everything has a price. What we wear, use or buy has a value. However, there is nothing more precious or valuable than a soul. It is eternal and priceless! For this reason, we cannot be deceived by what our physical eyes see, because the world and its riches are fading away.
“Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches, none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom on his behalf — For the redemption of their souls is costly, And it shall cease forever.” (Psalms 49:6 – 8)
We live in a world that is fixated on appearances. But the truth is that no amount of money can prolong a life or redeem a soul from condemnation. Maybe you’ve always known the price of assets such as phones, houses, cars, etc. But do you know the price of your soul? Imagine the most expensive possessions in this world and calculate them altogether….The value of the assets in this world cannot be compared to a soul.
“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)
When people despise their soul, it’s because they don’t know or understand its worth. This investment impacts everlasting life while the investments of this world are temporary and futile. If we conquer the whole world with its possessions and end up losing our soul, we haven’t conquered anything.
Unfortunately, many people only value what they have when they lose it. How many people only value their parents when they lose them? Or their health when they get sick? And how many people only value their soul when it is already in hell?
This is exactly what happened in the story of the Rich Man & Lazarus. The rich man only valued his soul when it was too late. Whilst, he was alive, he valued his earthly possessions more than a relationship with God, and in the end he missed out on the opportunity to be saved. (See Luke 16:24) In the world, people often say “It is never too late”, but once in hell it will be too late and there won’t be a second chance.
The Lord Jesus left the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus so we can understand that we cannot gamble with our salvation. It is non-negotiable! Unfortunately, many are those who have been putting their soul at risk by “getting close to the edge.” That is, they’ve been flirting with sin and giving into temptations, entertaining bad thoughts, toxic friendships and allowing their emotions to rule over them. The problem is that if we keep getting close to the edge, sooner or later we will lose our balance and fall, and worse is that there will be no one to catch us.
That’s why the best way to live our lives is to honour God daily by investing in our soul and saving other souls. When we are saved, we will be a trophy for God and not for the devil and furthermore, we will have the great privilege of spending eternity in Abraham’s Bosom.