There’s something to be said by owning a pair of all-leather shoes. Especially the type that gives you the feeling that the pair you own, there’s no other like them! They are individually hand-made. When you walk in these shoes, boy they make you feel good! Listen to the leather as it gives out that creaking sound with each step that you take. The sole is known as a welted sole. You see, the sole protrudes the shoe slightly giving a look of elegance and also acting as a protector to the upper part of the leather on the shoe. When I think of a welted sole, however, I know that no matter how I look after the shoe that some day it will wear out. You can have them repaired, but they will still wear out. How unlike another soul that you and I both possess! This soul never wears out; it needs no replacing; it’s yours and yours only. It’s up to you how you care for your soul! Unlike the welted sole that will wear out eventually, this soul - let’s call it the well-weathered soul - will never wear out. It can’t be replaced, but it can be exchanged! Why, you say, would one want to exchange their soul? Why indeed? Yet many have and are, sad to say, still doing so! You see, the Lord Jesus Christ, speaking to His disciples in a little town called Caesarea Philippi (Mark 8:36 & 37), asked: “What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” In life, we are very aware of exchanging things. When we make an exchange, we are hoping for a fair deal, or an even better one. The Saviour laid great value on the soul: “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” He makes it so clear – gain the world and lose your soul! What profit has he made who loses his own soul? NONE! He is a sure loser who gains the world but loses his soul! In Luke 12 verses 16-21, we read of a rich farmer. You could call him a rich fool! The man had probably with hard, honest labour built himself a good, profitable business. Nothing wrong with that you may say, quite so! But, if you read on, this rich man is building bigger barns. Again wise thinking, but where the foolishness comes in, is when in his pride he decides: “Now for pleasure, merriment, eating and drinking!” Of course, this man deserved to take it easy as they say. He probably needed some rest from his hard labour. But he was about to become a poor man through his bragging. He was about to lose the most valuable thing he possessed, his precious soul. “But God said unto him, ‘Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee’.” (Luke 12:20) And, not only does he lose his soul, he loses all he ever lived for! Earlier in Luke’s Gospel, we see that Mary, the Lord’s earthly mother, knew she also had a soul. She said: “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour” (Luke 1:46 & 47). Mary was a very young woman who knew, unlike the farmer, that she surely possessed a living soul capable of praising God.
So, may I ask you, dear friend, are you prepared to exchange your soul for anything no matter how precious? Whatever it is, it will desert you when you need it most. I trust you will fare better than the farmer. If you’re wise, you’ll learn from Mary and be able to rejoice in God her Saviour. You have a precious soul, what value do you put on it? I trust you will be wise and consider God’s offer of salvation. Be wise to ensure your soul’s eternal security. I would exhort you to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. The Lord Jesus said: “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). The Bible says: “Now is the accepted time; … now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6 verse 2). God desires that all men should be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). He is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). I lived a large part of my life probably just like you, with no thought for God, far less for man. I then came to realise I had a soul that will live far longer in eternity than on earth and, thanks be unto God, by trusting in the Lord Jesus my soul was saved for time and eternity. I pray you will do so for the good of your own soul.