Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
How to lose your soul
by Erik Momsen
Many things are lost and found in the lifetime of a man. People make and lose money, property, friends, family and even themselves. A very important, yet sneered at phrase is, "He is trying to find himself". It generally denotes the realisation that one does not know oneself, has lost direction and wants to find the true meaning of life.
The question that birthed this sermon topic was, "How does a man lose his soul?" If you believe you have a soul you must realise that it is of irreplaceable value. It may just be the one thing that lasts for ever. It may just be the one thing a man loses while trying to gain many other things.
In reality one cannot lose one's soul. It is already lost. The Bible teaches that all of humanity is lost to God and eternity due to historical rebellion. This rebellion happened with one man and his wife. It happened countless times in history and it happened again with one man's betrayal of the Son of God. That man was Judas.
Paul tells us clearly what state we are in before we are found:
"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, In which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath." (Ephesians 2:1-3)
That last sentence clearly states that because of who we are, we are lost. We have to do nothing more to be lost. We are born lost.
Yet God has made a plan to find us.
"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, Made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions; it is by grace you have been saved." (Ephesians 2:4-5).
HOW TO FIND YOUR SOUL
In Matthew 16:21-28 Jesus is preparing his disciples for his death and resurrection. Peter, true to human nature, wants the success story and not the cross and tries to persuade Jesus from going to his death. Jesus rebukes Peter's devilish motives. Jesus then shows us the way to find our souls
"Deny yourself take up your cross and follow."
The old man with his selfish ambitions has to die and God's ambitions have to take their place. You have to let Jesus take the lead.
"Whoever loses his life for me will find it."
You have to bungee jump into Jesus - trusting that He is your lifeline. Jesus says; "Give me 80 years and I'll give you eternity."
"What good will it be for a man to gain the whole world, yet loses his soul?"
There are many things man gives his life for. Only one thing will give it back. That is the Kingdom of God. There has to come a time when we can say "take the world but give me Jesus".
"What can a man give in exchange for his soul?"
We must realise how valuable our souls are. Many people sell their souls cheaply. Only the Son of God can pay for a man's soul.
"7 No man can redeem the life another or give to God a ransom for him - the ransom for a life is costly no payment is ever enough - that he should live on and not see decay. 12 For man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beast that perishes - 15 But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself. 16 Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, ... for he will take nothing with him when he dies. 19 He will join the generations of his fathers, who never see the light of life." (Psalm 49)
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Date Added: 2010-01-26
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