Profit and Loss
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and lose his soul?” Mark 8:36
What a sobering question these words of Jesus contain. His question forces us to take inventory of how we are spending our life. Every one of us has an undying soul, thus, not the only life we are to be concerned with. Nothing can ever make up for the loss of your soul. Try as you may, you cannot save your soul, but you do have the power to do it great harm. Just as there are many illnesses that assault the body, there are many ways to lose your soul.
One can murder their own soul by serving the pleasures of sin. A soul can be poisoned through disruptive beliefs, believing a lie severs truth. A soul can be starved to death by carelessness and indecision. It doesn’t take a great deal of effort to ruin a soul, just sit still and do nothing.
Like an unattended yard, weeds grow instead of flowers. So it is to let selfishness grow, doubt grow, temper grow, compromise grow, until they have all the ground to themselves. Let these grow, in full force, inside of a being, then add in the love of things, it is hell itself.
The world, and all it holds, sparkles like diamonds, drawing our attention toward the attainment of all we see. The enemy’s offering is but window dressing, it’s a bluff. The devil never offered the entire world to anybody, except Jesus. No one has ever had it all, nor do they keep what they get.
“What’s it worth?” All ventures in the arena of politics or commerce are met with this question. The insatiable desire consumes until there is no room left for anything, for any other purpose in life. For profit, men would dare to die. There are some who would sell their family and friends. This is a gain of which it is a loss to win, the price is much too high. Tragically, some discover too late they have gained riches and can buy anything the world contains, but cannot buy the power to enjoy it.
A soul without Christ is not in danger of being lost, they are lost. All that remains is to consider Christ’s offer, “lose your life to me and I will see to it that you will save it. Rest in My hope.” We really lose the things which have been killing our soul. The Son of God became the Son of Man to make this offer.
Dear Jesus, You are the greatest worth to me. I turn away from trivial pursuits. I set my heart to seek you above all else.