The Bible asks us a very sobering question: What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Life without God is meaningless. The world is full of vanity. People live for vain things. Many people will do anything for fame, for money, for admiration and praise from other people. Most people live as if they own themselves, as if they are their own creators.
It is interesting that someone who was born and found the world in existence can start questioning God and coming up with error-filled conclusions with regard to the origin of the world and of everything in it. People are deceived into believing that there is no creator, that they make their own rules, that there is no hell; such people live reckless lives with no regard for God who created them. Pride and arrogance make a person elevate themselves and think that they know everything.
A prideful heart is full of itself, it denies the existence of the Creator who created them. A person full of pride and arrogance thinks in their heart they are so smart that they have mastered life on this earth.
Many people define success as the accumulation of wealth, as getting married and having children, as having a nice car and a nice expensive home, as traveling the world, as indulging in the pleasures of this world, as fame and recognition, as living life to the full on this world. Yet, when all is said and done, all that is meaningless if God is not in it. If God is not first in your life then you have the wrong priorities. The Bible makes it very clear that we are not to love the world or the things of the world. Life without God is meaningless.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17.
What do you live for? Who do you live for? If you would rather go to work on Sunday than go to church to praise, worship, and hear from God, then you have the wrong priorities. If there is anything or anyone in your life that occupies a place above God then you need to stop and repent. Life without God is meaningless.
The rich young ruler asked Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life. The young ruler said he had kept the commandments.
“So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me!’ But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.” Luke 18:22-23.
Would you rather have Jesus or would you rather have that thing or that person? What is it that you are holding on to dear to your heart that gives you sorrow when you think of letting it go? There are things and people who we put first and they become a hindrance in our relationship with God. Choose but choose wisely.
Anything and anyone you place above God becomes an idol.
God is a jealous God and He desires to be worshiped and placed first. However, He will not force you to obey Him. Choose well whom you shall serve because your eternity depends on that. Is it Jesus Christ, or is it the things and people of this world? The Bible shows how radical we should get if there is anything in our lives that hinders our relationship with God.
If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire. Matthew 18:8-9.
Never allow anything or anyone to lead you into sin. If that person, that thing, or that attitude you have is a stumbling block and is pushing you away from God, then that person or that thing should not be in your life.
There are people who place their spouses, their money and property, their jobs, their pleasures, and so many other things above God. Get your priorities right. Get your relationship with God right. Repent your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Life without God is meaningless. Die to self, take up your cross, and follow Jesus Christ.
“When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, ‘Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.'” Mark 8:34-38.
Following Jesus will cost you. You have to be willing to give up everything to follow Jesus and live a godly life. In the end, the Lord has promised those who love Him eternal life.
The Bible tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not sell your soul to the devil in an attempt to accumulate things of this world. Many people live in unnecessary worry instead of just committing everything and surrendering all to the Lord.
If there is anything you need, take your requests to God in prayer. God is a loving Father. He hears us when we pray, and He thinks good thoughts toward us.
Only God gives meaning to life. The kind of life we live on earth determines our eternal destination – whether you will end up in heaven with God or in the lake of fire. Choose wisely. Except for the believers who will still be alive during the second coming of Jesus, death is certain for everyone here on earth. May we learn to number our days.
So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12.
However, there is good news! In Christ Jesus we have hope. Though we die, we shall live.
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, He shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe?'” John 11:25-26.
Believe in God, live for God. Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
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