Matthew 16:25-26

25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?




In his book, Soul Keeping, John Ortberg explains, “The soul is not a theological and abstract subject. The soul is the coolest, eeriest, most mysterious, evocative, crucial, sacred, eternal, life-directing, fragile, indestructible, controversial, expensive dimension of your existence. Jesus said it’s worth more than the world. You’d be an idiot not to prize it above all else. Shouldn’t you get pretty clear on exactly what it is? Shouldn’t you know what it runs on? Wouldn’t it be worth knowing how to care for it? Two things are for sure. One is: you have a soul. The other is: if you don’t look after this one you won’t be issued a replacement.” 

That’ll make you think! Jesus clearly said, your soul is worth more than the whole world, yet how often do you hear people talk about the soul, even in church? We take it for granted, I think. It seems mysterious to us, and we know we already have a soul, so we just let it be. The problem with that is it’s kind of like our physical bodies. Whatever we put in becomes the fuel we burn. If we put the wrong stuff in, we burn up. If we don't put enough fuel in, we burn out. You get the idea. So it’s important to think about what we actually put into our soul. And it’s important to think about what we take out. When you remove some soul-clutter, you leave room for the good stuff. Think today about what sort of fuel your soul is running on. Think about your thoughts throughout this day and imagine putting those thoughts into your soul. Think about your emotions and actions in the same way. What are you reading, watching, observing? Think of it all as soul food.


Holy One, we are grateful for the resurrection we celebrated this week. We live in awe of your goodness and your greatness. Help us not move on from this Holy season, but live instead as Easter people, driven by the love and grace of Christ. Shape our souls, feed our spirit, and guide us with your Holy Spirit. In the name of the risen Christ, Amen.