“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26, NKJV)
The soul of one person is worth more than all the world’s continents, houses, and gold. This soul is worth more than power and fame too. The reason is simple. A soul is eternal. All other things are temporary. They can be destroyed by moth, rust, and fire or stolen. A man’s reputation can be ruined by others. He can lose power through death or a successor. The world and everything in it will be destroyed forever by fire one day (2 Peter 3:7). Earth has a shelf date. It won’t last. Who wants what this world can give when a soul can dwell in heaven forever?
We ask ourselves and unbelievers this question, but we don’t really think this way. If we did, we wouldn’t waste time conquering land and nations, storing up money, or stealing it. I cannot believe all the films I’ve seen, both classic and modern, in which people coldly kill others for bread, money, land, or power. They don’t see that all these things are worthless, unlike their helpless victims. They don’t value what God does. They don’t see with his eyes.
Why in the name of Jesus Christ would anyone conquer land and the people who live on it? Who cares what happens to the land and stones of Jerusalem or all Israel? The people who call it home are more important. The “Christian” Crusaders couldn’t see this. Neither can Israel’s current residents. They slaughter others in the name of God for a piece of land when the people are more important. The British Empire was the first colonial movement after the Crusades to call itself “Christian.” God worked through many missionaries in Britain’s colonies, but I don’t think he smiled on the empire. It was too cruel. Over the centuries many wars have been fought, and many empires created, because someone placed a higher value on land than on people.
God is in the people business. He has no other. Jesus Christ came to earth to win souls for the Father. He died for people, not their stuff. He didn’t die for animals or the soil either. Neither did Jesus set up an earthly kingdom. He created a heavenly one instead. Jesus preached the soon-coming kingdom of God (Matthew 4:17) and proclaimed, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36).
God doesn’t want our money, possessions, or titles. He wants only our hearts. God wants the people he created to love and worship him freely. As with his Son, God blesses those who put people first. If we call ourselves servants of Christ, we must be like him. We must have a servant’s heart that puts others above ourselves.
- Love people. Listen to and pray for them. Tell them the truth. Tell them about Jesus.
- Give to people. Give them your time, money, talents, and skills.
- Serve people. Supply their needs. Honor them above yourselves.
The secret to eternal reward in heaven is loving, giving, and serving others in the name of Christ. Only then will we be like Christ, transformed into his image.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we’re here to win souls and transform cities for Christ. Let us not waste time on the things that don’t matter. Let us not store up earthly treasures like land, money, power, and fame either. Let us focus on souls instead. Who’s with me?