For What Will It Profit?

In Mark 8:36-37 these words of Jesus are recorded for us to behold. There He states, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? In these two verses there are two different ideas that need to be discussed and pondered. The first is in verse 36, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” Of course the quick answer is nothing; there is absolutely no profit in gaining everything this world has to offer while at the same time condemning our soul. No greater possession has been entrusted to man. Man’s soul is that which will live on past this life and in to eternity. This being the case each person has a responsibility to be the best possible steward he/she can be with their soul that God has given. Yet there are countless souls who wonder about this world seeking all it has to offer, and never once give any thought to preparation for the life to come. In Matthew 6:24 Christ said, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” While there are many things in this world that are bad and of no benefit there are also those things that are good and can be of benefit to each person. However, one must be careful how much stock is put in to those things, the bad must be shunned at all cost; the good must be approached in moderation. If one is not careful worldly things can take over and hinder the pursuit of heaven. Every person should heed the words of the writer of Ecclesiastes, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all” (Ecc. 12:13). Some translations say this is the “whole duty of man.” The apostle John stated it this way, “And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17). The second idea is expressed in verse 37, “Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul.” Again the quick answer is nothing; there is nothing more valuable than a person’s soul. Yet, there are many who are willing to sell their soul to the devil. Willing to exchange their soul for a job, for family, for money, and on the list could go. These are not wrong in and of themselves, but it is the priority that these hold in one’s life. Judas was willing to exchange his soul for thirty pieces of silver; Demas was willing to exchange his soul for the love of the world. What will you do?

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