A story is told of a man who loved old books. He met an acquaintance who had just thrown away a Bible that had been stored in the attic of his ancestral home for generations. “I couldn’t read it,” the friend explained. “Somebody named Guten-something had printed it.” “Not Gutenberg!” the book lover exclaimed in horror. “That Bible was one of the first books ever printed. Why, a copy just sold for over two million dollars!” His friend was unimpressed. “Mine wouldn’t have brought a dollar. Some fellow named Martin Luther had scribbled all over it in German.” ( Our Daily Bread, June 7, 1994)
In that story, the man did something extremely dumb and threw away one of the most valuable books in the world. But as priceless as that book was, it doesn’t compare in value to the human soul. As Peter will remind us today, our souls are meant for eternity. We were created to be the sons and daughters of God. We are of infinite heavenly value. So, how foolish we would be to throw away our lives and miss out on our eternal inheritance.