For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 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? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

Matthew 16:25-27

If I had a stack of Argentine Pesos or Zimbabwe Dollars and I offered to buy something from an American with them, I would probably be turned down. Probably, unless someone agreed out of some sense of curiosity or amusement. Why is that? Because even in a fair trade on conversion tables, it would be hard to spend that money. That is, it would be hard to recover the value being stored in it.

So, let’s think about the idea of the soul as having value. Where can you bank it to keep it safe? Where can you risk it? Who can you go to to take a loan out against the collateral value of your soul?

There is one risk of the soul Jesus says he will reward: give up your life for the service of the Lord. That’s the only way to secure it! Anything else is a waste.

Ethan Kirl