Do we want to lose our soul? What is our soul?
To become more like Christ is our goal as followers of Christ…to become more like Christ in all ways, which includes all aspects of our ‘self’, this includes: Mind, Will and Emotions, which I’ve always heard defined as our Soul.
Joe Banks: What’s that? A teddy bear?
Waponi Chief: It’s my soul.
Joe Banks: Oh, I hope you don’t lose it.
Waponi Chief: Me too.
Thankfully, our soul isn’t a coconut teddy bear we carry around. To me, the soul is what makes us who we are. My mind and my will and my emotions define me, and other people. People evaluate each other based on these things to understand who we are and where we’re coming from.
In the Greek, Soul has two meanings: Breath of Life, and the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul etc.)
Some think of our souls as that part of us that goes to heaven, but it is our spirit that goes to heaven.
The bible also says: “love the Lord your God with all of your mind, all of your heart and all of your strength”…so our mind, will, and emotions play a huge part in us loving God. We have to knowingly, willfully, determine (strength) we will love Him and choose Him and trust Him. So, we do need our soul to love God.
So, within our soul (mind, will, and emotions) is the areas where God aims to change us. His plan to grow us will target the soul realm of our tri-part being: Spirit, Soul, Body. As our soulish mind changes its patterns, our stubborn will yields, and our emotions don’t rule our life anymore, we start to see a difference. So, in essence, we do need to “lose our souls”, as they once were anyway, as we continue to grow in our walk with Jesus. So, to lose what our soul (as it was) is to lose the old stinky flesh. 🙂
As John says “He must become greater, I must become less”.
Along the path of growing in Christ, there is a separating and sifting that takes place. A separating and sifting of who we were to who we will become. A seperating and sifting of Him becoming greater and we becoming less. We start to see things that need to fall away: old thoughts that don’t fit with the truth we now know, old feelings that were so strong suddenly aren’t relevant any longer, and little-by-little our will begins to relent to God’s will. Our soul is being remade into the image of Christ as each new refining season of separating and sifting occurs.
Praise God, He knows how to refine us in such a delicate way, that our soul is remade while we go on about our days following after Christ. Our soulish realm is slowly overtaken by the Spirit, until a clearer image of Christ can be seen in us.
As we continue our journey of redefining and refining, I can imagine God lovingly looking on us thinking: (As Marshall the chauffeur says to Joe in the movie) “You’re coming into focus, kid!”