By Al Behel
Recently, a man commented to me, "I have made more money this year than in any other year of my life and all I have to show for it is a broken marriage." He would have given everything he acquired to have had a stable, loving marriage. Another woman who had left her husband for another man to only be quickly left by him, took her own life in a hotel room. She left a note which said, “don’t cry for me, I’m not even human anymore.”
Strangely, when we look back at our accomplishments, mistakes, and losses, we must realize that none of those really define us. When God made us in His image He separated us from all other parts of His creation. Evolution has robed many of their sense of being in God's image. Instead, they think we are nothing more than animals since we just evolved from lower forms of animal life. When God created us in His image He placed a living soul inside us, a soul that would live eternally. Like God, we can never cease to exist. He placed intellect and will inside us. He gave us choices. As His image barriers, we are separated from the animals around us who will cease to live at their death. Yet, we will not cease when our souls depart our bodies.
Since we have eternal souls within us that will live eternally, either in heaven with God, or with Satan in hell, what is that soul worth. Jesus asked the poignant question, "For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?" Clearly the human soul is worth more than all the wealth our world can afford. That prompts a thoughtful question for us, "What is the priority of my life?" Or, "Am I willing to sacrifice my soul for anything?" Your soul has a divine origin and is worth the life of God's own Son. You were made in His image and your call is to walk in that image and portray it to the world around us.
- Al Behel preaches for the Great Smoky Mountains Church of Christ in Pigeon Forge, TN. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://greatsmokymountainschurchofchrist.com/