Mark 8:36 New Living Translation
“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?”
There’s a whole lot of striving going on in the world today. People chase after success, defining it as the amount of money they have accumulated. History shows that anything you buy will one day either break, be thrown out, wear out or sold off on eBay or at a garage sale. The ‘things’ of this world offer temporary satisfaction, nothing more. God offers forgiveness, plus an eternity with Him. A person may never own an expensive car, have a mansion this side of heaven or spend their time with a fashion model, but neither will those ‘things’ ever offer lasting satisfaction, fulfillment and contentment.
Our sin contaminates us. God has the cure. One drop of Christ’s blood will wash away all our sin forever. One drop. Yet millions trade that one drop for ‘things’ every day. And when we die, what then? The ancient Pharaohs of Egypt filled their pyramids, which acted as their tombs, with items thought to be needed in the afterlife. It didn’t benefit them and it wouldn’t benefit us either. We can’t take any of our accumulated ‘stuff’ with us when we go.
As believers we need to do a better job of lovingly making the unsaved aware of their need for forgiveness. Live out your faith and keep your talking to a minimum. Show them Christ and when you DO talk, have it line up with your actions. If you already have a personal relationship with God, you know what I’m saying is true. If you are riding the fence, consider this: what if God is real … what if Christ really did die on the cross to pay for your sin … what then? There is historical documentation that shows Jesus lived when the Bible says He did.(1) Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!!
(1)Flavius Josephus, Antiquities; referred to as the "Testimonium Flavianum", Antiquities 18.63-64.
NOTE: See https://carm.org/regarding-quotes-historian-josephus-about-jesus for a balanced presentation of regarding questions raised about Josephus’ entry about Jesus.
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; Tyndale House Publishing.