I want a new soul – a soul that is more kind, more compassionate, and more obedient to God. The opinion that others have of me pales compared to the opinion that God has of me. I want to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant – enter into your rest.”
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
What good is a new year, a new beginning, if we don’t have a change? Consider that the change does not have to be physical. Yes, that’s what we see in each other – but what about a change of soul? I know you probably don’t think much about your soul… that invisible part of you; but what if I told you it’s well worth taking some time this year to ask your Heavenly Father what He would like to see changed in you. There’s always room for improvement – in all of us!
A new soul… a heart and mind like that of Christ Jesus, our Lord! What does that look like? It looks like moving forward in truth and right living, at whatever pace you can. It looks like doing your very best in the face of difficulties that could slow you down.
Since New Year’s Day I’ve read and heard so many people teaching us how to be successful either financially or in our appearance. It’s amazing how often we see these articles or hear these advertisements – but we don’t see or hear anyone emphasizing the importance of maintaining a happy and healthy soul. Is any amount of money worth losing your soul? Can a person lose all the weight they need to lose and still have an unhealthy soul? Of course!
There is not a job, profession, time not spent in prayer, time not spent reading your Bible – that is worth it! There are a gazillion ways to be successful here on earth, but be careful – because some of those methods involve the exchange of your soul. I know, you are rolling your eyes and calling me crazy – but I’m right.
I know this is really long… but take some time and take a look at this:
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There is one way to be successful as God’s child. Read your Bible and pray. Does that mean you can’t have the best of both worlds? According to God’s Word, it’s nearly impossible for a RICH man to make it to Heaven. It likens a camel going through the eye of a needle. Have you ever seen a camel go through the eye of a needle? Yeah… neither have I.
Once we dedicate our lives to the cause of Christ, our priorities change. We are not interested in the same things as those who are only after earthly successes. We want different outcomes in life. That’s why Christians are sometimes said to live IN the world without being a part OF the world.
The soul may be the most quiet part of you, but it’s not good to ignore what your soul needs. Your soul longs for Christ and His love, peace and merciful salvation. Let His amazing grace be your goal in this new year!
I invite you to take a look at this sermon on Philippians 2 from Darick Jones. I worked with his mom, Pam, for several years. Darick makes some good points here and I know I plan to glean and grow – hope you will too. 🙂