Bulletin Article
May 13, 2001

Remembering the value of a soul

By: Doug Long

The other day something happened to me that put me to shame. I was at a local fast food restaurant, and my kids were playing in the play area that the business thoughtfully provided. When it came time to close the play area, a lady came in to clean it up. She told us we could stay while she cleaned, and we had a quite good conversation. We talked about this and that, and generally had a good time. When she went to the other side of the room to clean, my son went over to her and said that she should come to church with us. That is the part that put me to shame, because all the time I was sitting there talking to her, my friends, and family, I didn't even think to invite her to church. SHAME ON ME! I prayed to God that night that he would forgive me for being a lukewarm Christian. Revelation 3:15-16 came to mind when this incident occurred. "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm-- neither hot nor cold-- I am about to spit you out of my mouth." Ouch, that one hurt. I am proud of my son that he had the courage to ask her to come to church. I pray that I can follow his example the next time I have an opportunity. Sometimes we forget just how precious a soul is. Mark 8:36 tells us that a soul is more valuable than the whole world.

"What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?"

Just remember that Jesus died for that soul, and we should act when we are given an opportunity.