The Value of Your Soul
Turn to Mark chapter 8. In a moment, I'm going to begin reading in verse 34. When I was a child, you could buy a package of Wrigley Spearmint Chewing Gum for 5 cents. It was a penny a stick. How many of you can remember back that far when you could buy a pack of chewing gum for a nickel? I tell you what, a nickel was hard to come by and even was one stick of chewing gum. And I can remember riding with my father and uh we we're going down the road, I didn't even know he had a pack of chewing gum, but he handed me a stick of chewing gum. We were out in the country and I was so thrilled. I was talking around absent mindedly, but enjoying the fellowship with my Dad. I unwrapped that stick of gum and while I was talking to my father, I threw the gum out the window and held on to the wrapper.
When I looked down and realized what I'd done, I felt stupid and disappointed. You know, God has given to you a soul. The body that you live in is the wrapper. And uh so often, we make a tragic mistake of caring for the body and neglecting the soul. Listen to what our Lord said in verse 34. ''And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's the same shall save it.'' And then Jesus asked this incredible question. ''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? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed when he cometh in the glory of the Father with the holy angels.'' Again I draw your attention to verse 36, ''For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul or what shall a ...
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