A few feet of earth will suffice
(J. C. Ryle, "Our Souls!")
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the
whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall
a man give in exchange for his soul?" Mark 8:36-37
Nothing in the present life can make up for the loss
of the soul. You may have all the riches of the world
--all the gold of Australia and of California--all the
honors which your country can bestow upon you. You
may be the owner of half a continent. You may be one
whom kings delight to honor, and nations gaze upon
with admiration. But all this time, if you are losing
your soul, you are a poor man in the sight of God!
Your honors are but for a few years. Your riches must
be left at last. Naked you came into the world, and
naked you must go out. Of all your money or broad
acres, you will carry nothing with you when you die!
A few feet of earth will suffice to cover that body of
yours when life is over! And then, if your soul is lost,
you will find yourself a pauper to all eternity! Truly it
shall profit a man nothing to gain the whole world, if
he loses his own soul.
The value of all things will change greatly one day.
The hour comes when money shall be worth no more
than waste paper; and gold and diamonds shall be as
the dust of the streets--when the palace of the noble,
and the cottage of the peasant shall both alike fall to
the ground. In that hour you will find out, in a way you
never found out before--the value of your immortal soul.
Soul-loss will then be seen to be the greatest of losses,
and soul-gain the greatest of gains!