Profit and loss

Mark_8-36

 

 

The Verse of the Day for June 20, 2016 is found in Mark 8:36

For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world [with all its pleasures], and forfeit his soul?

The King James Version puts the question this way:

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

Just as in any business, owners are interested in “the bottom line” or the end result, as followers of Christ, we must examine the profit and loss and statements of our lives.

Here is how Matthew 16:26 phrases similar questions:

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul ?

The benefits gained from the world are temporary, lasting but a brief moment. In contrast, the benefits coming from God are eternal. The Psalmist asks this question:

 

Psalm 116:12

 

What will I give to the Lord [in return]
For all His benefits toward me?
[How can I repay Him for His precious blessings?

 

He goes on to declare:

 

Psalm 103:2

 

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

 

Psalm 68:19

19 Blessed be the Lord,
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation! Selah

Those who seek God and demonstrate a desire to please Him rather than seeking the temporal pleasures of the world will reap everlasting benefits:

 

Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

2 Corinthians 4:18 sums up where our focus should be:

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

This final reminder comes from

1 John 2:15: (NLT)

[Do Not Love This World ] Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

As believers, when we love God and keep His commandments, we have everything to gain—benefits and blessings immeasurable and nothing to lose, certainly not our very souls because we loved God more than the fleeting riches of this world.

 

Joann Rosario expresses our ultimate desire to love God “More than Anything”:

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