“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28 New Living Translation
Do you ever have a seemingly random thought intrude on your sleep? Last night that happened to me. While sleeping, the thought occurred to me that we often are concerned about things related to our health and happiness, when we need to give more attention to the condition of our soul. Matthew 10:28 (see above) was part of this nighttime thought process. Recently I have been thinking about what I perceive to be a lack of conversation about and focus upon eternity or eternal things. In our rapid paced world, the emphasis is often placed on what will make us happy in the moment or how can we experience the next adventure. This attitude and approach to life may be as common among professed followers of Jesus, as the general population. Whether we are focused on what we fear (“…those who want to kill your body”) or what is fun, we are often consumed by the ‘now.’ Driven by the desire to live the moment, we make decisions that we think will help us avoid those things we fear and steps towards acquiring what is fun. Concerns about the condition of our soul are given very little attention, if any at all.
Jesus chooses to use words, in Matthew 10:28, that are alarming: afraid, kill, soul, fear, destroy, and hell. If those listening to Jesus, when he first spoke these words, were drifting off to sleep or distracted by other thoughts, he likely regained their full attention.
As you go through your day or week, do you consider the impact your decisions will have on your soul? Our SOUL is the part of us that lives on in eternity. It is our soul that is the residence of our emotions, desires, affections, and dislikes. The Bible sometimes uses the word, HEART, when referring to our soul.
Our best decisions come from having a proper reverence and respect for God. In the Bible, this is referred to as the fear of God. If we are lacking in the fear of God, we will live recklessly [thoughtlessly] and make decisions that will be detrimental to our soul.
When making decisions, the highest consideration should be given to how the choice will impact the condition of our soul. In some respects, this is a long-term view, by considering the eternal impact made by a choice, but it will also lead to the greatest short-term benefits. We may think that the path to what we want is by doing what we want; we, more than our Creator God, know what is best and how to acquire it. I think there are many people who think they are smarter than God. God, save us from this self-deception! We should keep in mind that a prideful person is so proud, they are usually blind to the extent of their blindness.
If you and I will “fear only God” we will make decisions that will lead to our best life now and in eternity; our soul will thank us. May the Lord help each of us today!
“Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.” Proverbs 9:10 New Living Translation