One of Jesus’ commands made to first first century followers involves the human soul. After the heart, the soul is placed in front of the mind as the second most important part of the human body. The context of this passage summarizes the first and greatest commandment. This message highlights the value of a soul.
Jesus replied: “ ’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,’ Matthew 22:37.
While talking to his disciples, Jesus suggests that its possible to forfeit your soul. Maybe He was trying to warn Judas Iscariot of his initial thought of betrayal. On the other hand, Jesus appears to recognize an unhealthy pattern within Peter. Beginning to think like Satan, Jesus brings this concern front and center, afraid that one of his leaders could have their soul poisoned by evil.
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? – Matthew 16:26
This caution continues today with countless distractions to lure a soul away from God. The Devil still uses the same temptations Jesus endured in Matthew 4. Every day physical, mental and spiritual obstacles lurk around every corner. The question is will you allow temporary pleasures to alter your standards? Whatever your decision, may you embrace the value of a soul by resisting the Devil and drawing near to God.
by Jay Mankus