Is a Soul worth it?
Devotional Thought of the Day:
3 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NLT)
881 Sacrifice yourself, give yourself, and work at souls one by one, as the jeweller works on precious stones: one by one. Indeed you should exercise even more care, because you are dealing with something of incomparable value. The purpose of that spiritual attention you give is to prepare good instruments for the service of God: and they, each one of them, have cost Christ all of his Blood.
In 2 Corinthians, indeed in several of Paul’s works (and the OT Prophets) we see passages like the one above, where spiritual warfare and pastoral care are challenged, and answered.
The reason that Paul and the prophets, and even Jesus was challenged is simple, someone who cares for a soul will challenge that which enters a life and obscures the work of Holy Spirit, that denies the presence of Christ and our unity in Him, that which would try to convince us that something other than being God’s beloved is what defines life. Simply put, if some sin, or some belief that would pull your focus away from God’s love for you exists, the word of God will challenge it, and those of us tasked with shepherding you will bring scripture to bear on life, their lives – and yours.
The reason is your soul is worth it. Your life, lived distracted from God by obstacles, needs to be encouraged back to Him, and the obstacle? Will you let us destroy it? Even as Gideon destroyed the Ba;alite altar and image in his dad’s back yard? Will you let the Holy Spirit perform surgery on your soul, skillfully using the word of God to remove that which holds you back from knowing you love? Will you trust God to do that, trusting Him to leave you, and eradicate that which isn’t you?
It’s a scary thought. Especially for those who know some of their weaknessness well. It might be pride, it might be resentment, it might be clinging to a sin that you think defines you, because it has been there so long.
Paul thought the souls of the people in Corinth were worth it, your soul is worth it. Christ died to heal you from the damage of those obstacles…that is how much your soul is worth to Him.
Maybe its time to confess that sin… and trust in God – knowing His promise to forgive you, and clease you from all unrighteousness….
Come – talk to a pastor who would love to point you to Christ, and do battle – by God’s strength – with the obstacles that would deny you knowing how much God loves you…
Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). The Forge (Kindle Locations 3110-3113). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.