Biblical wisdom laid out in plain English by Elect Lady Owens
Everyone wants to profit in life whether financially, physically, educationally, economically, family, etc. But, it will require you investing you in any of these categories. The word profit is defined as: “advantage; gain; benefit; to reap an advantage, financial or otherwise.” But, as you apply yourself to any of these, what is your profit margin at the end of the day?
Or what do you have left after you have spent yourself in the cares of this life? Have you invested more time in immediate profits or the Eternal profits? Jesus said in Mark 8:36-37: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” How valuable is your soul to you?
In the natural, if you want to prosper on your job, you put extra time and effort into it, as you would anything else in life, i.e. marriage, family, education, etc. But, you should do even more so spiritually. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” So, you can profit in the natural as long as you put Jesus first in whatever you do!
Proverbs 3:6 says: “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Jesus’ requirements to profit in this life and to have Eternal life is found in followship, not fellowship with the world nor the world’s system. Jesus said in Mark 8:34b-35: “Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself (from selfish ambitions), and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” You never lose profit when you invest your life in Christ. You can be rich in this life, but don’t be a rich fool!
In Luke 12:16-21 Jesus tells the parable of a rich man whom God has blessed but he took the glory upon himself and did not honor God. Luke 12:16-19 says: “And He spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do; I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.”
Notice the word “I” is used 5 times in the rich man making his decisions with no regard to the God who gave it. But, this is God’s response to his pride in verse 20: “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” So, you ask yourself: “Is the pleasures of this world more profitable than the eternity of my soul?
Hebrews 11:24-26 says: “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.”
What do you respect? Paul said in Acts 20:24: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” How much are you willing to surrender to God? Or should I ask: “What is the profit margin on your life?”
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