And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
I have an indestructible soul. You do too if you received salvation through the blood of Jesus. If you have not, well, your soul will still exist forever, but it will be separated from the One who created and loves you? It is a very grim picture. Many people never consider where they will spend their forever, but have no doubt, we will all spend it somewhere.
In today passage, Jesus is telling his disciples not to be afraid of people, because even the evilest person can only take your life. He cannot touch your eternal being. That’s the part of you that lives on the inside of that body you possess. We should, however, fear the One true God that can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Today we know that God doesn’t want any person to go to hell. Hell was created for Satan and his demonic forces. But hell is a real place and those who reject the gift of salvation that God freely gave through the blood and resurrection of Jesus, will spend their eternity there with Satan and his demons.
Since it is not God’s will for people to go there, Jesus told His disciples to talk openly about what Jesus told them in secret and to preach from the rooftops what was whispered in their ears. Jesus wanted the whole earth to know that God loves the world so much that He sent Jesus to rescue all people from the eternal separation caused by sin.
Jesus then tells the disciples that they are more valuable to God than many sparrows. God created the birds, and not one falls without God knowing about it. God even knows the number of hairs on our heads and everything else about us. He knows that because He created us to be His children and He loves us as our Father.
Today I want to encourage you to think about how valuable you are to God. Consider that He is your Father and wants to be close to you. He wants to walk each day in communion with you and He wants you to know how precious you are to Him. Your soul is indestructible, so ensure today that you will spend your life after life with Him in all His glory! If you have never received His gift of salvation through Jesus, pray this prayer today and Jesus will come into your life and change you for all eternity.
God in heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need a Savior. I want to turn away from my sinful life to the life You have planned for me. Please forgive my sins, cleanse me from my past, and make me new. I know Your Son, Jesus died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. At this very moment, I accept, confess, and proclaim Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . . to be Lord of my life from this day forward. I now have a right relationship with God my Father through this salvation in Jesus. I thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit to guide me and to empower me to do the things that You have planned for my life in Jesus’ name, Amen
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 10:27-33
27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.
33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.