The soul of a man is crucial, and requires greater respect and attention than all our wealth and worth in this world:
"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16: 26)
Jesus spared no recrimination for those who treasured the things of this world at the expense of their inner well-being. At the end of his sobering parable on a rich man with more stuff than he could store, Jesus relates his final comments:
"And he said, This will
I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all
my fruits and my goods.
"And I will say to my
soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat,
drink, and be merry.
"But God said unto him,
Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose
shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
"So is he that
layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. (Luke 12: 18-21)
Where should we be laying up treasure?:
"But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth
corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:" (Matthew 6: 20)
What greater repository of the treasure of heaven than the Kingdom of heaven, which we receive though the Holy Spirit!:
"For the kingdom of
God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy
Ghost." (Romans 14: 17)
Through the Holy Spirit, we have God's Word dwelling in us:
"Let the word of
Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to
the Lord." (Colossians 3: 16)
It is the Holy Spirit who reminds us of everything that the Word made flesh has taught us ( John 14: 26), and because we have the Holy Spirit, we do not need anyone to teach us anything (1 John 2: 20-27):
God's Word is our storehouse, our never-ceasing treasure-house (Matthew 13: 52), the meat that feeds us (Matthew 4:4)
Most importantly, by meditating on God's Word (Joshua 1: 8), God causes us to be in health and prosper in all our doings (3 John 2)
Prosper your soul -- mind, will, and emotions -- through the washing of the Word, and the rest will follow!
3 John 2