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? (Mark 8:36, 37 KJV)

In the story of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus said, “There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury.    At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores.    As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores. “Finally, the poor man died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham.  The rich man also died and was buried,    and his soul went to the place of the dead.  There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side. (Luke 16:19-23 NLT)

Everyone wants to be successful in life. We want to live in mansions, have prosperous businesses, build healthy families, and have the resources to afford what makes life comfortable.  However, as Christians, our priorities must not be things on this world. The rich man had everything on earth yet He lost his soul.  Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. (1 Peter 2:11) “Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.”(Matthew 6:20 NLT)


Money is good but is it worth more than your soul?  It’s good to have cars, build houses, travel around the world, be an Oscar winner, be the best Hollywood actor/actress, be New York Times best seller, and achieve everything you desire in life. But “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 12:8 NLT). What matters most is your soul. Where is your soul heading to?  Charles Spurgeon once said “Consider how precious a soul must be, when both God and the devil are after it.”

Friend, God wants to spend eternity with you. However, He has given you the freedom to choose where you want your soul to be. Lazarus ended up in Heaven where he was comforted, while the rich man ended in Hell. I want to encourage you to be wise in everything you do. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and you will find a better place for your soul in eternity.

I will close with this:

Your soul is worth

  • More than your popularity
  • More than your health
  • More than your smartness and intelligence and education
  • More than your money and career






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