The Soul Belongs To God

The world tends to want to have a good time.  To eat, drink and be merry.  Perhaps it means going out and drinking too much; for others, perhaps sitting back on money earned, and just ticking over.  Or even just desiring easy problem-free life.

Jesus has something to say about this, and described it in a proverb (NLV).

16…“The fields of a rich man gave much grain.17 The rich man thought to himself, ‘What will I do? I have no place to put the grain.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know what I will do. I will take down my grain building and I will build a bigger one. I will put all my grain and other things I own into it. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many good things put away in your building. It will be all you need for many years to come. Now rest and eat and drink and have lots of fun.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! Tonight your soul will be taken from you. Then who will have all the things you have put away?’ 21 It is the same with a man who puts away riches for himself and does not have the riches of God.”

Truth is, our soul doesn’t belong to us, but to the Lord, and we’ve been bought at a price by Jesus.  For our friends and family that don’t yet know the Lord, it’s an amazing witness when they see that we don’t put riches away for ourselves and strive to lead easy lives, but instead live for God to carry out His plan through us.

Solomon has a great nugget of wisdom in Proverbs 24:19-20 for if we’re ever drawn in by the world’s rationale:

19 Do not fret because of evildoers
or be envious of the wicked,
20 for the evildoer has no future hope,
and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.