“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and to lose his soul?”(Mark 8:36)
God has created us to live in two worlds, and while the spiritual is most important, our culture tends to value the tangible. We devote our time to making more money, and we spend our money getting more and more stuff. Some of us use our wealth as chips to show that were smarter and sharper than others. We want to win, and possessions else have. We just want as much as we can get to make our lives as pleasant as possible.
Jesus made the stark, sobering observation that the value of a single soul is greater than all the gold, oil, real estate, jewels, stocks, cars, and everything else of value on the planet. Jesus died to rescue our souls from eternal death. He died for us.
One of our most important and the most difficult, tasks is to shift our attention from what is visible to what is invisible, from the tangible to the eternal, from what will rust and rot to what will last forever. The soul is that important.