Little did the thief know that the cello was a rare Stradivarius valued at
over 3.5 million dollars.
When Peter Stumf discovered his cello missing his heart sunk. He
couldnt believe he had been so careless as to lose the irreplaceable
instrument. He had no idea that the nearly priceless cello was lying in a
trash dumpster with discarded table scraps and other refuse.
That cello was extremely valuable but you have something far more valuable
in your possession, you have a soul, and like the Stradivarius, your soul
can be lost. The Lord Jesus said, For what shall it profit a man, if he
shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mk.8:36)
A soul is lost in this life when it seeks to find its pleasure in the trash
heaps of lust, sin, pride and moral corruption that so abound in this world.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own
way. (Isa.53:6) There isnt a person alive who hasnt visited those trash
heaps and contracted the defilement of sin. All have sinned and come short
of the glory of God. (Ro.3:23) Because we all have sinned, each one of us
needs the Savior. The only way to be cleansed from sin is to believe on the
Lord Jesus and the great work he did on Calvarys cross. It was there that
he gave his life for sinners. But God commendeth his love toward us, in
that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Ro.5:6) The blood
which flowed from his wounds while he hung on the cross is able to cleanse
the vilest sinner if they only will look to him in faith.