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01/16/2017

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Who Is A Wise Person - One Who Cares About Souls


"Who is wise and understanding among you?" (Jas.3:13). "The desire of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise" (Prov.11:30).

Jesus put the value of one's soul in bold perspective when he taught us with these words... "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?" (Mk.8:36). Even if Jesus stopped with these words the value of the soul would be shown, but He continued on... "Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Vs. 37). Jesus is saying this because He wants us to know that our souls are the most valuable things we possess. The writer of the Book of Ecclesiastes puts it this way; "And the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it" (12:7). Everything else perishes, but the spirit (soul) survives...In the Tate Gallery in London there is one of the last and most notable paintings of the artist Frederick Watts. It depicts a shrouded figure on a bier in the middle of a room and on a table nearby is an open book, and against the table leans a silent lyre. In one corner of the room is the rich mantle of a nobleman, and in the other corner a lance, shield and several pieces of armor with roses strewn over them to show that the rich arts and tastes of the world were mingled with the sterner duties of life. But now it is all over! The still form cannot read the book or play the lyre, don the mantle, nor catch the fragrance of the roses. All is over, and on the wall in the background are these words; "What I spent I had. What I saved I lost. What I gave I have." What we give of our time, money, enthusiasm, tears and labors to the salvation of souls is ours, and ours forever. Everything else perishes. It is understandable that Jesus commanded us to preach the gospel to every creature (Matt.28:18-20; Mk.16:15). The words we speak about the Lord, and the actions that reflect those words, are what will let those around us know about the concern we have for their souls... It is just another aspect of our desire to be wise people...

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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