To say we live n a materialistic society is putting it mildly. Our chief objective in life is to build financial security. And that not only means putting away a sizable nest egg. It means having a home paid for and possibly a 2nd retirement home. And it means having the freedom to travel and enjoy the good things of this life.
But Jesus Christ asks, “What will a man be profited if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). The point is that you may work hard all your life and assure the financial security of yourself and your family. But you may also lose your soul. Neglecting spiritual things in favor of making a good living will lead to just that. Not only so, you will lose all you have worked for. After all, you know, you can’t take it with you.
But here is the real irony. If in the end you humble yourself and trust Christ as the one who has paid the penalty due to you for your sins, you will not lose your soul. And in addition, you will inherit more than you could have ever dreamed. You see, according to God’s promise, “we are looking for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). On that new earth “There shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4). And if you humble yourself before God, you will experience this new earth. For the promise is, “Blessed are the humble for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).
Are you heading in the direction of losing your soul and everything else? Then you need to change your priorities. For help in understanding this, you can click here and listen to a message called “The End of All Things is at Hand.”