“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” -C.S Lewis
We as human, are deeply concerned with this physical form, and have a tendency to merely focus on our outer shell. It starts at the mirror every morning. As soon as we wake up, we head straight to the spot that can undo all the horrors placed upon our face and hair overnight, by whatever flat spot we call bed and whatever fluffy thing we call pillow #teddybearsarepillowstoo.
However we choose to look in the morning, our decision is based off of how we want others to perceive us, whether it's to look “hot” to attract a girlfriend/boyfriend or to look modern/current to make yourself look or relevant/important. Some of us even try to look like we don't care, so that people won't think that we're one of “those pretentious people”.
It comes as no shock to us that God looks at our soul, not our physical form, he has even promised us new bodies in heaven, suggesting that our current bodies have no redeeming value apart from the soul trapped inside. We as believers fully acknowledge this as true.
We read in 1 Corinthians 15:54-55:
"Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"
Jesus has provided the victory over death for our souls, praise God! On that day, our soul's will be redeemed forever! No hair wax in the universe can boast that kind of hold.
Knowing all this, imagine not believing in that kind of hope. You get up every morning, look in the mirror and think. “That’s all there is”. Yikes! How could you not lose hope, how could you not become cynical if your soul is trapped and alone?
Perhaps an easy (if somewhat inadequate) way to think about the soul of a person, is to think about their inner thoughts. It's the person that you don't get to see. No one wants to show you how messed up they are inside, but God sees the soul of us all and just like he longed to redeem our souls, he also wants to redeem the souls of the lost.
We must endeavour, as redeemed believers through the power of Christ’s blood, to see the lost through Christ’s eyes. We must not allow ourselves to be distracted by the fig leaves they wear in hiding from the Lord, we know their souls need redemption and we know where redemption can be found.