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What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul? Interesting question, but many of us, while we have heard this our whole Christian life, miss what Jesus is really telling us, not asking us.
Scripture teaches us that all that's in the world is the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. The soul.
The soul consists of our mind, our will and our emotions. Our soul is what the devil is after. How does he get it? How does he get our mind, our will and our emotions - the sum total of our soul?
Jesus tells us the answer in the question he asks. Great counselors never ask a question that they don't already know the answer. And He gives us the answer in the question.
Asked it this way, what does it profit a man (or woman) to get all the things they see, all the pleasures they desire and be so arrogant that nobody, not even God himself can tell them anything but, but lose their soul? The answer is in Jesus' question.
When we set fully our mind, will and emotions on obtaining the things of the world, be they money, material things, status, etc.the "things" we so badly want and would do whatever we need to do to get... the devil has us.
That's what Jesus is telling us. Satan is not after our body or our stuff, he is after the thing that controls and directs our body, our soul. Our mind (where lust is conceived) our will (where we act on what we have conceived) and emotions (pride).
What does it profit us to gain the whole world and lose our soul? A rhetorical question. Because once we have gained the whole world, we have already lost our soul to the devil. King's X, he wins.
The good news? With COVID-19, fewer outside distractions and for many being forced to stay home, we all have been given a wonderful opportunity to reboot and reclaim so much of what we've lost. And for some, that means even our soul.
Published on Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 5:55 PM CDT