Luke 9:25 (NKJV) For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?
Materialism is one of the most deadly diseases I know. It can eat you alive at the very moment you think things are going along wonderfully. When we acquire outward trappings and the ideal image, we often neglect the deeper issues of life, faith, character, integrity, and a desire to love God and others. How do you see today’s message so far?
We soon would rather look good than be good. In the end the things that we acquire can turn on us and threaten our souls. In Luke (9:25) Jesus asked His disciples, What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? I like to put my insight to that verse as, It would be really foolish if you were to live your life gaining all the things the world has to offer and then lose your life forever. If the temporary things of this world come between you and the eternal God of heaven, you’d probably want to reevaluate your priorities. It’s nice to have things and nice things for the record but be sure not to lose who you are in God as a result.
Point to ponder- The practice and pursuit of things is a deadly battleground of the heart. Painfully and slowly I’ve had to learn that I need to hold very loosely to that of which I own. In this season of Lent, let’s evaluate how we are doing things!
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