by Tim Hall
Health care is a hot topic. Is there a higher priority?
The future of our nation’s health care system is in the spotlight. Congress has been asked to pass a package of legislation with an unimaginable price tag. No one denies that there is a need to make changes to our present system. The way to fix the system is where paths diverge.
But there’s another matter that should take even higher priority: our souls. Jesus affirmed that truth: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26, NKJV). One’s spiritual well-being, however, is low on the list for most people. As long as life is going reasonably well, why fret over religion?
Religion was not on the to-do list of the rich man of Luke 16. He “fared sumptuously every day”, according to Jesus, and didn’t notice the beggar lying at his gate (Luke 16:19-21). When he died his perspective changed. Finding himself in flames, his only concerns were a drop of water to cool his tongue and someone to warn his brothers – still living – not to come to “this place of torment” (Luke 16:24-28). Food, clothes and housing were no longer important to him.
How we need to hear the message of God’s word! Our lives are much more than the physical. As Jesus taught in the passage above, we each have a soul that can be lost. If we lose that soul, nothing we attained or enjoyed on earth will matter in eternity. Nothing.
Paul taught that the Lord’s supper is an opportunity for spiritual self-examination. If we discern the Lord’s body, he said, we do well. But those who neglect this weekly appointment, or whose minds wander as the elements pass by, face a danger: “For this reason many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep” (1 Corinthians 11:30). Paul wasn’t discussing physical sickness.
John’s concern for those to whom he wrote must become our concern: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2). Yes, our physical health matters. But the prosperity of our souls is paramount.
Is it well with your soul?
by Tim Hall