When you lose lose your soul you lose the most important thing you have. Because when you lose your soul. You lose you.
He called the multitude to Himself with His disciples,and said to them, “ Whoever wants to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it; and whoever will lose his life for my sake and the sake of the Good News will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life? For what will a man give in exchange for his life? For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him, when he comes in his Father’s glory, the Holy Angels.Mark 8:34-38
It has been said that a mind is a terrible waste. But today’s post will take this statement a little further.
In this life we face many hurts. But we also suffer many losses in life as well.
None of us like to lose:
- Love ones
And the list could go on and one. All of us suffer, but when we lose money, we can continue to work and earn more. When we lose a home, we can buy another one. We can get another job. Even when we lose a loved one, if we keep our hand’s in God’s hand we will see them again.
But if we lose your soul, we lose the most important thing we have. we lose ourselves.
The Word of God tells us
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.Genesis 2:7
Jesus predicts His death for the first time.
Jesus’s teaching that the Son of Man must suffer corresponds to Daniel’s prophecies that God was in complete control of the plan for redemption. The suffering also recalls Isaiah’s prophecy of the suffering servant in Isaiah 53.
The fact of His being rejected looks back to the rejected “stone” in Psalm 118:22.
Jesus knew exactly from what quarter the rejection would come from: the leaders, leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. These three groups made up the Council, the Jewish Supreme Court that ultimately sentenced Jesus to be killed.
This is where text will begin; A soul is a terrible thing to lose.
Remember in Mark 8:34 when Jesus called the multitudes to Him with His disciples and said whoever will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow.
Jesus invites every person to follow, but one who desires to follow Hin most must have two attitudes:
1. Willingness to put aside their selfish ambition
2. Willingness to take up his or her cross.
To put aside selfish ambition means to surrender immediate material gratification in order to discover and secure one’s true self and God’s interests.
It is a willingness to let go of selfish desires and earthly security.
This attitude turns self-centered ness to God- centeredness.
We not only have to put aside selfish ambition but we must take up our cross and follow Jesus.
To take up one’s cross. Jesus’s words mwant that His followers had to be prepared to obey God’s word and follow His will no matter what the consequences for the sake of the gospel,
That means we have to let go of something to follow Christ. We have ti stop all the faking and shaking . We have to get rid of some things and become obedient to the Word of God.
A cross come from specifically walking in Christ’s steps, and embracing His life.
It comes from bearing disdain because we are embracing the narrow way of the Cross – that Jesus is “the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6).
We must understand that from the biblical perspective “Losers are Keepers.”
Here’s The Golden Nugget of the this message.
The Christian Life is a paradox:
To attempt to keep your life means only to lose it. A person who keeps his or her life in order to satisfy their desires and goals from God ultimately loses life.
Not only does that person lose eternal life, he or she losses the fullness of life promised to those who are followers of Christ.
Those who willingly give up their lives for the sake of Christ and the gospel actually find true life.
To give up one’s life for Christ’s sake refers to a person refusing to renounce Christ, even if the punishment were death. To be willing to put personal desires and life itself into God’s hands means to understand that nothing that we can gain on our own in our earthly lives can compare to what we gain with Christ
Jesus wants us to choose to follow Him rather than lead a life of sin and self-satisfaction.
He wants up to stop trying to control our own destiny and to let Him direct us. This makes good sense because, as the creator, Christ knows better then we do what real life is about.
What can you give in exchange for your soul.
Mark 8:36-36 says, “for what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and loses his soul?
Jesus asked His listeners a rhetorical question.
What good would it be for a person to gain the whole world (that is to have power or financial control over the entire world system of which Satan is the head) but to lose their soul (that is to lose eternal life with God).
Whatever a person has on earth is only temporary; it cannot be exchanged for his or her soul.
Mark 8:38 says, ‘Whoever therefore will be ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him will also the Son of Man (Jesus) be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the Holy Angels.
Jesus constantly turned the world’s perspective upside down with talk of the first and the last, keeping and giving up,
He offers us a choice.
If we choose to be ashamed of Him, than Jesus would be ashamed of us. Being ashamed of them at His second coming
He warns us that we reject Him, we will in turn be rejected from eternal life with Him. By extension, those who are not ashamed of Him and His Words, in spite of this adulterous and sinful culture surrounding us, would be accepted by Christ when He returns in glory.