What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? –Mark 8:36 NIV
It is a great tragedy that some people measure success in terms of physical wealth instead of spiritual health. When the desires of this world consume people’s lives, there is no room for God to reign in their hearts and for Christ to save their souls. The Passion Translation of the Bible paraphrases Mark 8:36 this way, “For what use is it to gain all the wealth and power of this world, with everything it could offer you, at the cost of your own life?”
Money can’t buy what only God can freely give through faith in Christ—eternal life in His imperial Kingdom. In Luke 18:24 (NKJV), Jesus says, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” However, this transfer is not impossible for God.
Here’s something for believers to ponder and take to heart. Regardless of the material representations of success we may acquire in this life, God cares about our eternal fate. The riches of this world can’t fill the vacuum in people’s lives that only He can sat- isfy. So, maybe we should evaluate the way we measure success and ask if our view is on things of this life or on our eternal life.
- Ask God to give you opportunities to reach out to those whose souls are perishing because wealth and fame have consumed them.
- Pray that God would touch the hearts of those who are hiding behind facades of happiness and popularity while hurting inside.