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Selfish or Soulish?

I was reading Eugene Peterson last night and he was talking about how 'the self' has replaced 'the soul' in modern thinking, and we are worse off as a result. Self is about me - myself - it is individual, isolated, alone (I'm paraphrasing). The soul is connected to God and to others.

And so my mind went back to my call to ministry, which comes from Colossians 1: 28, 'We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.'

I concentrated on 'proclaiming' 'admonishing', 'teaching'. I understood the Greek word translated 'perfect' - τελειος - but I understood it in holiness terms. Peterson got me thinking about 'completeness'. Maybe I was called to make people complete - less self-ish, more soul-ish!

I will have to think about that more!

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