"For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?” (Luke 9:25)
Neither of us, you and I, has to be stupid.
So, when the commercial comes on the TV and tells you that you can earn $10,000 a month in your spare time, laugh and ignore such a stupid and ignominious lie! In a more subtle, yet no less insulting, way, fall not prey to the promise that beer is the key to lasting happiness and fulfilling sex!
I do not mean to insult anyone, but we’re all stupid. Were it not for this fact, then TV would be refreshingly void of commercials! Is this not an accurate definition of a marketing expert: A person adept at taking full advantage of a person’s stupidity by using whatever spurious and manipulative means available to cause him or her to buy something he or she does not need by promising something the product cannot deliver?
Oh well, I am right in there, too! I am just as stupid as the next guy.
There is hope – in the Person of Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, I can gain something (or Someone) worth more than “the whole world.” Possessing Jesus (or better, being possessed by Him) is what it means to be me. This is up against the lie of the world that says in order to be “happy” I must have things and be “someone” in the eyes of the society.
Satan is a liar and the father of all lies (John 8:44). Our mind is mostly convinced of that, but our other parts (body, emotions, etc.) will still covet that pair of Nike’s, receive that comment for the ego and make that ill-advised click on the computer.
Paul calls that doing the very thing we hate (Romans 7).
Don’t lose heart. We are in good company.
May we, on the other hand, seek the truth and the Father of all truth – the same truth that LIBERATES and opens our eyes to the unfailing truth in the statement: Gaining Christ is all that matters. What does it mean to “be my self”? Simply this: Knowing with all of me that I am loved and possessed by Love and am the beneficiary of eternal hope to the extent that “the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
Go read John 15:1-11 in a readable translation over and over until you begin to see that trust is built upon intimacy and intimacy is built upon a relationship.