Can you see how the world replaces the Soul with Self? Do you recognise this influence at work in the world, and even within your own life?
What does the Cross mean to you? How does the Cross work in your life as an ongoing powerful means of putting Self to death and rescuing your Soul?
Then Jesus called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”
Dallas Willard: You are an unceasing spiritual being with an eternal destiny in God’s great universe. Why is there such value and mystery to your existence? The really deep reason is because of the tiny, fragile, vulnerable, precious thing about you called your soul. You are not just a self; you are a soul… You’re a soul made by God, made for God, and made to need God, which means you were not made to be self-sufficient.
John Ortberg: Your soul is what integrates your will (your intentions), your mind (your thoughts and feelings, your values and conscience), and your body (your face, body language, and actions) into a single life… An unhealthy soul is one that experiences dis-integration, and sin always causes disintegration of the soul.
Romans 6:6 (NIV)
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The cross is laid on every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every man must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. It is that dying of the old man which is the result of his encounter with Christ. As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with His death—we give over our lives to death. Thus it begins; the cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise god-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.
1 Peter 1:9 (NIV)
...for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.