Summary: When we are born we are given a spirit or soul and it is in our hands until it is returned to God.
Handle with Care
On many packages, we have the words “Handle with Care”
This is to tell people that what is inside is of value and can be broken.
These words should be upon everyone’s soul.
“The spirit returns to God who gave it.”
When Rachel died it says, “as her soul was departing…”
When we are born we are given a spirit or soul and it is in our hands until it is returned to God.
Ecc 12: 7 “The dust shall return to the earth as it was and the spirit return to God who gave it.”
Surely we should have these words in mind “Handle with Care”
We do not want it delivered damaged on judgement day.
The soul is very valuable.
It was worth Jesus coming into the world to save it.
The fact that Christ died for it makes it very valuable.
It is so valuable that Christ is preparing a special place in heaven for it.
“Handle with Care” implies it can be damaged or destroyed. The soul can be destroyed because of sin.
Rev 21: 7-8
Rev 20: 12-15
In fact the majority will be lost.
“Handle with Care” are words of caution.
1. We should be cautious in handling God’s word.
II Tim 2: 15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2. We should use caution in believing teachers.
3. We must use caution in living our lives.
I Corr 10: 12 “…take heed lest ye fall.”
The soul of man is extremely valuable and is very fragile.
But most are indifferent to it.
In the Journal of Psychology is a survey of 160,000 of their most personal values:
46% Home & Family
25% Liberty & Freedom
13% World Peace
4% Decency & Morality
2% Being a good citizen
The fact is most people want material security more than they want God.
Jesus said, “A man’s life consisteth not in the things which he possesseth.”
“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
“The love of money is the root of all evil.”
In handling the soul with care we must look to Jesus for our example and instruction.
1. He was about his their business at an early age.
We need to learn of God early.
2. He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness.
3. It was his custom to worship.
He did not forsake the assembly in the Synagogue.
4. He prayed up in the mountain alone. Prayed for others.