Friday, June 22, 2012
Verse for Today - Mark 8:36
"What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?"
Read all of Mark 8
These semi-familiar words of Jesus strike at the heart of human existence. Almost everyone everywhere evaluates their success or importance by material wealth. To some extent this is probably true for each of us. Advertisers know well how easily we are led along. If only we had the next, new, better, shiny, even useful new thing, then we would be happy... or at least happier than we are right now. If you think about it you know this isn't really true. Material things and improved appearance won't make you happy...in fact they can't make you happy.
We are not random compilations of DNA. No, we are special creations of Almighty God. In fact, we were all created in the image of God Himself. To suppose that we could find the fullest expression of earthly happiness apart from God is to not be thinking too clearly. The Apostle Paul speaks of this inRomans 1:25, where he says unbelieving people "exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen."
So what does this have to do with Mark 8:36? Well, I'm just agreeing with Jesus. It does NOT profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul. Instead, all should humble themselves before God, confess their sins and pray to Him for grace and forgiveness through His Son, the only Savior Jesus Christ.
If you have questions, I know the One with the answers (and I'm sharing).