Gaining the World and Loosing Your Soul
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St. Mark 8: 36 (KJV)
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
It is said, “The worth of the world is a finite quantity, and can therefore be easily measured and estimated. But the worth of the soul is an ever-growing, and in this sense a boundless, or infinite quantity, and can, therefore, never be estimated. The world is estimable; the soul is literally inestimable. No arithmetic can compute it; no finite mind grasp it. Indeed, God Himself must see that that which is an ever-growing quantity can never be compared with that the amount of which can be estimated, and expressed in numbers. The value of the world, then, is as nothing against infinity.”
Christ does not ask men how they will answer at God’s bar for their lives, only how they will answer for their conduct to themselves, and how the gain and loss will stand at the final settlement. These verses stress the incomparable value of the soul, worth more than the whole world; and if, through disloyalty to Christ, one should forfeit his soul to eternal night, there is nothing with which he could hope to reclaim it. The loss would be irrevocable. Even if he should have gained the planet itself, such would be insufficient to purchase again the forfeited life.
The overwhelming significance of the teachings in this entire paragraph lies in the absolute loyalty to His Person which was required by Jesus Christ. Only God could righteously demand and receive such adoration and fidelity from men; and therefore, the passage is heavily freighted with overtones of the Savior’s godhead.
The story is told about one of the wealthiest men that America ever produced, the first man that established a family name now famous. One day in New York City, he lay dying, with all his millions in the bank, and with all his railway stock of no use to him. ‘And as he lay there, he said, “Bring in the gardener.” The gardener was a godly man, and when he came in to see his dying master, the rich man said to the gardener, “Get down, and pray for me.” The gardener did so, and when he had finished his prayer, the rich man said, “Sing, ‘Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, Weak and wounded sick and sore.'”
To lose the soul is to come short of the knowledge of God, to lose communion with God and likeness to God, to “fall short of the glory of God.” Now the question is this, What shall it profit you to gain all that this world has, all its wealth, all its honor, all its pleasures, all its power and lose your true selves, lose that for which God created you, lose communion with God and likeness to God, and the glory of God?
Christ question was this, is anything worth having or clinging on to if it means losing eternal life? If we gain the whole world, what is it worth if it means that we lose our hope of eternal life? There is life on offer to man, but it is like the pearl of great price. In order to obtain it, it is necessary to sacrifice everything else (Matthew13:45). At the last, then, who will have made the best bargain? The man who gains the whole world, or the man who sacrifices all that he has and obtains the pearl of great price, his place under the Kingly Rule of God for himself?
Have a Great and God filled Day