Daily Devotional – YOUR SOUL

It struck me as I watched the news of these violent radicals burning cities and pulling down statues that their “GOALS” are in many ways selfish. While the intent of some “peaceful protesters” may be for lack of a better word pure, that is to do good, the mob is only in it for self.

The bible has a message for them and all those who support them.


 

36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36

Mark 8:36 (AMP and RVR 1960)


CONTEXT:

In v.34-38 we find Jesus gathering the crowd and telling them about rewards and sacrifices. Following Jesus (that is being a TRUE born again believer) comes with both great rewards (eternal life) but great sacrifices along the journey. Here are some examples: 

SACRIFICES: 

Jobs: Mark 1:16–20; 2:14

Reputations: Mark 2:18, 23–24; 7:5

Meals: Mark 6:30–31

Sleep: Mark 1:32–37; 6:45–48

REWARDS

Glory: Mark 9:33–3

Power: Mark 10:35–45

         Eternal Life: John 10:27–28

In the middle of this is our main text so let’s break it down: 


BREAKDOWN: 

For what shall it profit a man, – No one wants to be poor, men should desire to at the very least provide the basics needed to care for themselves (if single) or for their families if married. Jesus here is asking where is the greatest profit on earth found? 

if he shall gain the whole world, – He further asks, ‘if it were possible and you were to gain the whole of earthly riches’ and by implication is asking would that be enough to satisfy you? 

and lose his own soul? –  Only to lose your soul to eternal damnation what would you seek after today knowing this? v.37 (AMP) For what will a man give in exchange for his soul and eternal life [in God’s kingdom]?


APPLICATION: 

God does not reward selfish behavior. In fact one of the tenants of the Christian faith as taught by Jesus is to ‘seek first the Kingdom of God’ Matthew 6:33 and the cares of and draw of the world will be for naught. Seeking and following the path that Christ as Lord and Savior puts before us in never rarely easy, but the end result is eternal life in heaven. 

Those who insist on unrighteous violence, are guilty of loving the affairs of the world and ignoring the Lord. They are making a choice to strive for selfish earthly gains and spend eternity in hell. Pray for their souls. 

 

 

 

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