Sunday, August 11, 2019

One Of The Greatest Questions Ever Asked

        "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:36-37)

        We live in a culture that is obsessed with material gain. Many people waste hordes of time daily on keeping up with the latest fashion trends or vehicle models. Commercials that we hear on the radio and on television oftentimes announce various ways to improve the quality of virtually every facet of our lives. Businesses concentrate on accumulating large masses of wealth. Gullible customers concentrate on getting the best material items possible. This all points to the fact that an inherent part of human nature is a desire to find a source of ultimate fulfillment.

        There is, however, one thing of utmost importance that society has totally forgotten. That is the Person of Jesus Christ as proclaimed through the gospel. The vast majority of people in society seem to be utterly oblivious to or unconcerned regarding their sinful condition and need of a Redeemer. This is the underlying reason that should motivate us to preach the gospel to the world. Moreover, Jesus Christ eloquently and with great simplicity made known the futility of striving to reach top dog status according to worldly standards.

        Even if a person became so popular that he or she could instantaneously claim possession of this world, that position of earthly supremacy would be absolutely worthless in the sight of God. Nothing is more precious than the human soul. There is more to life than the material realm. Nothing should be considered more important than our eternal destiny, for the things of this world are passing away before our very eyes. If people do not repent at the preaching of the gospel, then they will perish for all eternity. Material possessions can always be stolen or destroyed. We are staring eternity in its face. We came into this world with nothing. We shall leave this world with nothing. Life is but for a moment.

       All things created by man rightfully belong to God alone, since He at the beginning of time formed all the particulates which constitute the composition of everything that we observe. He gave us the ability to grow in intellect. If a person thinks that we cannot find enjoyment in the things we do have, then he or she has missed the heart of Christ's teaching. We are not to allow ourselves to become preoccupied with our things to the point in which they control our lives. If that happens, possessions become idols and demons. Our chief focus should be on God who is above. He has the power and authority to take everything away just as quickly as He imparted those gifts to us. We should be thankful and rejoicing in Him continually. Our hope should rest on the solid foundation of the eternal promises given by Jesus Christ.

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