I cannot remember where or when, but I once heard an illustration similar to the following:
Two friends were raking leaves and throwing them in a fire when one of them noticed a worm lying on top of a burning leaf. The man reached in the fire to rescue the worm from its impending doom. When the other man saw what happened he asked his friend why he would risk getting burned for a lowly worm. The friend replied, “From one worm to another, I was only doing what Jesus did for me.”
The value of our soul aside, many individuals see themselves as being too good to be compared to a worm. Big mistake number one! Furthermore, many see themselves as never being bad enough to taste the fire of Hell. Big mistake number two!
How can Jesus be your savior if he did not forgive you of something and save you from something? And how can you be convinced to do for others in the name of Jesus what Jesus has done for you?
“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” (1 Timothy 1:15 NKJV)