Do we see a person when we look at someone or a person with an eternal soul? It's a good question.
We can love or hate a person. We can value or discount a person. If they are just dust rearranged and they will be gone one day never to be seen again (and so will I) what happens has no truly lasting meaning. A person is just a slowly disappearing ripple in a vast cosmic pond.
But a soul? A soul feels and remembers always. A soul transcends time. A soul lives forever facing God and seeing Him or forever separated from Him. A soul is the whole iceberg of who we are. A person is just the visible representation of something so much larger.
Caring for people is good. Caring for souls is caring done from divine perspective. God sees a soul. He sees all of who we are... past, present and future. Born of His breath we are not children of time and space. We are forever.
"He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage. He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, And the fool will be servant to the wise of heart. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise." - Proverbs 11:28-30 NKJV
You may not believe in Hell. I do. The bible teaches that Hell is as real as Heaven.
If I am just a person then what help can I be? If I am just dust then why not value what pleases me? But, If I am a soul who lives forever surrounded by souls that live forever I want to turn people away from Hell.
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.' " - John 14:6 NKJV
I want to lift Jesus up and make His love visible. I want to explain grace. He is the One who was sent to save souls. He saves. He has the power and authority to function on levels far deeper than any of us can presently comprehend.
"The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms." - Deuteronomy 33:27a ESV
It may make us seem odd because we don't always emphasize 'people' things. Instead we speak of invisible and (by natural standards) impractical issues.
"A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." - Matthew 10:24-28 ESV
The temptation is to live as a person among people. The privileged is to live as sometimes misunderstood redeemed one who reaps a harvest of souls.
"And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." - Daniel 12:3 ESV