Let Us Measure Our Souls

W. Terry Varner
November 5, 2017

Each of us have a soul, that is, our inner man which we are to grow and develop into manhood and womanhood maturity (cf. Matt. 16:26; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 4:16-18).

We can measure our souls, but must be careful that we do not miss measure them. What size is your “inner man?” Are we still a babe in Christ (1 Cor. 3:1; 14:20) or have we grown into more mature Christians (cf. Heb. 5:14)?

We cannot measure our inner man with a tape measure as we would measure a box or the height of our children. We cannot see our soul as we see a beautiful sunrise of sunset. However, we can see and measure our soul when we look into the mirror of God’s word—the Bible (cf. James 1:21-25).

Measure Your Soul by the HEIGHT of Its Ambitions. Big souls are always ambitious souls; that is, souls of high ideals and worthy goals. Small souls have a sickly attitude toward the objectives of life. Small souls are creatures of circumstances, rather than creations. They think negatively. To illustrate this point biblically consider the one talent man in Matthew 25:14-31. Because he could not do things in eyes of others, in his fear he would do nothing.

Christ is our example (cf. 1 Peter 2:21). He came into the world to do big things. He came to redeem man from sin and is successful (cf. Luke 19:10; Heb. 2:9; 1 John 2:2). As our example, Jesus gave us big programs in life. One program is to keep our souls saved once we have become Christians (cf. Rom. 1:17). We are to sow the seed of the gospel (Luke 8:1 Iff). We are to work for Jesus by being the light of the world and the salt of the Earth (cf. Matt. 5:13-16). How much light do we radiate in the world of darkness and do we have enough salt about us to influence the world for Jesus?

Measure Your Soul by the DEPTH of Its Convictions. “Faith . . . is the evidence things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). Daniel was a man of conviction (cf. Dan. 1:8; 6). The three Hebrew children who were tossed into the fiery furnace were of great of people with great conviction (cf. Dan. 3). When we study Hebrews 11:24-27, we easily understand the importance of the depth of Moses’ faith.

Big souls have convictions as strong as steel concerning right and wrong, truth and error, matters of duty, etc. Joseph demonstrates the importance of the depth of convictions concerning virtue (cf. Gen. 39).

Measure Your Soul by the LENGTH of Its Love. The measure of God’s love is something we can see and understand. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son” (John 3:16). The word SO is an adverb of degree. His love for you and for me went so far as to give His Son for our redemption and to constantly care for us with His providence (cf. Rom. 8:28).

The question becomes HOW far has our love gone toward God (cf. Matt. 22:37; 1 John 4:19)? How far toward our homes, marriages, and children? And toward the church as in worship, life style? And toward the Bible as in reading, meditating, and obeying?

Measure Your Soul by the BREADTH of Its Service. Inspiration measures the soul of David as one who “served his own generation by the will of God” (Acts 13:36). Do we serve our generation by loving our neighbor as we love our self (cf. Gal. 5:13).

To demonstrate the importance of serving in Christianity, Jesus washed His disciples feet (cf. John 13:1-15). Measuring the breadth of our souls can be done in considering how we serve our generation and especially how we serve our fellow brethren. Are there when they need us? Are we compassionate? Do we have empathy? Do we hurt for them and try to comfort them as God comfort us (2 Cor. 1:3-4)?