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What Is a Man Profited?

August 14, 2019

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What Is a Man Profited?

We often work so hard  for so many different things.     Some put all their efforts into earning money,  others want fame,  and others want prestige.     When they have gained their original goals,  they want more.     Multi-billionaires have been noted to say,  “I just want to see  how much more I can get.”     So,  their every day is  totally spent  in all-out efforts  to be impressive — better than anyone  else — king of the hill.

Their families suffer;  they do underhanded things  to gain more;  but, worst of all — they leave God out of the picture  of their lives.     Totally disregarding God,  they can think of nothing but their worldly goals — as if they will be able  to take all this stuff with them when they die.

Because we are all  so easily distracted  in gaining the things of this world,  Jesus  says in Luke 9:25,

For what is a man profited  if he gains the whole world,  and loses  or forfeits  himself?

We can be the richest,  most famous person in this world,  but if we lose our souls  in eternal damnation,  how can we say  we have gained anything worthwhile?      All our efforts and hard work  are down the drain  when we die.     Who will there be in hell  who will envy us  for all that we gained  while on earth?

Those who put all their efforts  into working for the things of this world  are ashamed of Jesus Christ.     They don’t want to be under anyone else’s rule  — – not even God’s  —  so, they shut Him out of their lives.     Pride is ruling their lives.     If they were  to worship Christ as Lord,  they would be admitting they are sinners  —  and that is something disgusting to them.     They think it’s too much  of a put-down.     They don’t want to face the truth.

In the end,  they will discover that they cannot be richer than God Almighty;  they cannot be more honored;  they cannot be  more  loving;  they cannot be more powerful.     We need to understand  that God is the Creator  of all things,  and we are but one of His creatures  — fallen into sin  —  and desperately in need  of salvation.

Why should we let our sinful pride  rob us  of our souls  —  and of eternal life  in heaven?     To imagine  that we are anything beyond what we really are  —  sinners  —  is to lose or forfeit ourselves,  for all eternity.     When we confess the truth  about ourselves,  that we are sinners,  in need of Jesus Christ,  we will be opening the way  for Jesus  to be King  in our lives.     With Jesus as our Lord,  God,  King,  and Savior,  we will gain the eternal riches of heaven.     What a trade-off!

Ashamed of our sins?     Yes, we should be  —  but,  that is coupled with praising God  for His loving salvation.     We are loved and unashamed  of Jesus.

In the freedom  of the saving love of Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have so humbly come down to earth  to save us.     Your glory is  from all eternity  and to all eternity.     And,  it is all in love.     Blessed be Your name.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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