Matthew Chapter 10
“What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matt. 10:27-28
The depth of these verses from Matthew chapter 10 are not lost on me and choosing them for a brief daily thought at first seemed challenging. As I read this chapter, I just couldn’t help but love the verses I included above. In our reading today, we encounter Jesus sending out the disciples on mission. As He sends them out he tells them to go and heal the sick, cast out unclean spirits, and to preach the gospel. As He sends out the twelve, He especially instructs them not to fear what will kill the body, but to fear the one who can destroy the soul. That specific verse really got me thinking about what I value most in this world. Every single day we have the ability to walk in faith as if we know our soul depends on it, yet so often we still choose to walk in disobedience. Every day we can wake up and choose to study His Word, love His people, and live a life that as Paul says is, “worthy of the calling,” or we can choose a life full of the valuables and riches of the world.
Jesus is telling us not to be afraid of what could kill the body, for what is our body if we end up losing our soul? To whom we have given our soul and what we have done is what will ultimately make a difference. Are we living and leading a life that is pleasing to God, denying our enemy, who would like to take such a beautiful eternity with God away from us? With clarity, Jesus warns us not to be afraid of what/who could kill our bodies but to fear what could take both our bodies and souls straight to hell. What a challenging scripture to meditate on as we set our priorities for the day.
Sending so much love and lots of prayers to all my brothers and sisters reading this today! May your day be filled with Jesus and His love!