“For what is a man profitable if he gains the whole world,
and looses his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Matthew 16 : 26
What do you care for the most? People OR Money?
One of the miracles of Christianity is
that it gives man a higher regard for men and women
than for money. But selfish human nature is contrary to this.
When Jesus was here on earth, He healed a poor man
who had a whole legion of demons possessing him.
Somehow, that healing involved the loss of a herd of swine.
The owners of the swine completely overlooked the miracle of a fellow human
being restored to his right mind – because their gaze was only on the swine.
Is your brother or sister in the human family
–more valuable to you thoughts of money??
The story of the ‘rich young ruler’
tells us that he was faced with a choice- between men or money.
He had many virtues – but he failed the test.
Many times Christian service has a monetary price attached to it.
To share our time with others may involve a decision
whether to use it to make more money
OR to reach out in caring ministry to others.
What men and women really want is honest interest in them.
Real human interest? They look into your eyes – and they read there
– whether to you a person is more precious than fine gold or not.
“Do you love the world or the things in the world?
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh,
the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-
is NOT of the Father but is of the world.
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it,
but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
1 John 2: 15-17
“If any man will come after Me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me,”