The Value of One Soul


She tried for three years to get him to obey the truth of the gospel. During those three years

were many days of frustration over his reluctance to “…obtain the salvation which is in Christ

Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Tim. 2:10). Often she would wonder whether her efforts were worth

the heartache she felt over his reluctance to obey “from the heart that form of doctrine which

was delivered” to him (Rom. 6:17). The young lady loved dearly this young man and wanted desperately

for him to go to heaven with her. She knew however that their lives could not continue together unless

he served God as she did. Sometimes the young lady wondered whether all her efforts to teach her

boyfriend the truth were being wasted on deaf ears. But she just couldn’t bring herself to leave this

young man. She loved him too much. She realized that this young man was one of the lost that Jesus

came to “seek and to save” (Luke 19:10). She stayed with him till the end. Her boyfriend never did submit

his life to God in obedience. However, her time with him was not wasted. As this young lady attempted

to bring the love of her life to Christ she grew in faith herself. She is now that much stronger for having

spent three years trying to bring one precious soul to God. There is much grief being felt at this young

man’s passing. Grief that her family, and his, shares. But this young lady knows that “the peace of God,

which passeth all understanding, shall keep” her heart and mind “through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). She

knows that one soul is of great value to God (Luke 12:7) and one soul was worth three years of her life.



In Christ, Steve Preston




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