Bringing back the old school saint song (those are some of the best)!
34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:34-38
Your soul is not comparable to anything else in this world.
What does it profit you to gain the whole world (or half of it, or some of it, or any of it for that matter) in exchange for losing your soul?
There’s nothing – nothing – NOTHING that you can give in return for your soul. You have one soul. It’s yours. You get to choose what to do with it.
It could be a glory-filled soul because you’ve been looking at Jesus.
It could be a shame-filled soul because you’re not looking at Jesus.
If you have a sick soul, look to the Word (the Bible).
Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. – James 1:21
The Word can save your soul, but it must be IMPLANTED. I think we miss this sometimes. We read the Word, expect to be changed, and then wonder why nothing in us is changing. The Word must be IMPLANTED. It must be GROWING inside us.
But, for it to be implanted, you must nourish it. When plants start out, they need nourishment. They need water, sun, and care. They just need a little TLC – tender love and care. Water it. Put it in the sun. Put it in atmospheres where it will grow and thrive.
It’s the same with people. We need to know that we need TLC and that others need TLC. We need to be encouraged. We need to be in fellowship. We need to be able to pray with other people and talk about the Word with other people. We need to be hearers and doers of the Word with other people. That’s how the Word is implanted – when we hear it, when we practice doing the Word with other people.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. – James 1:22-25
According to James, we are blessed when we both hear and do.
Hear, do, be blessed.
Help us to be like Jesus – hearing you and then doing what You say. You know that we love You when we obey You. Help us to love You and obey You and we pray it’s fun! Amen.