Read: Matthew 16:24-26; Mark 8:31-38; Luke 9:23-26
For what can a man give in return for his soul? (Mark 8:37 ESV)
What is the going rate for your soul? That’s the core of the question Jesus asked his followers. In other words, what are you willing to trade for your soul?
I remember the old stories of blues guitarists that used to talk about trading their soul to learn to play the guitar. Of course they seem far-fetched, fanciful, and silly, but the truth is that people are casually trading their soul for inconsequential things on a regular basis. Money, fame, pleasure, reputation, distraction, and security are all distractions that consume. They often seem harmless enough, and they are not all inherently evil things. However, by our nature we are creatures of worship and we love to invest ourselves (to often unhealthy levels) in things that are of minimal or no actual benefit.
Jesus values your soul. In truth it is who you really are. You may not feel valued. Society and circumstances may have tried to train or teach you that you have no value, but it is a lie. Jesus values you so much that he wants to spend eternity with you. And he even died to make that happen.
Know your worth. Know your value. And please know the one who values you most.