Mark 8:36 “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”
In John 15:5 Christ shared that without Him, we can do nothing. This is exactly what the devil wants us to be – nothing. Don’t be fooled by the world’s ways of success and pleasure; for anything without Christ leads to death.
In Matthew 4, we see how the devil tempted Jesus Christ with the world, if Christ would only bow down to the devil. Jesus knew that this would mean death for us all and so He rebuked the devil and shared the ‘formula’ on how to have real LIFE! Matthew 4:10: Jesus said to the devil: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ I believe this is a picture of Jesus telling us: ‘next time, if you have a choice between inheriting the world or inheriting the Son of God, choose Me!’
King Solomon had everything the world can give but He still remained dead inside.
What good is a billion dollars if it would only lead us away from Christ? What is the value of being loved and honored by people if you have to give up the one true source of Meaning and Life? What use is it to be the healthiest man in the world if you are going to live a Christ-less eternity? As the richest man in the world who had everything money can buy, king Solomon, put it: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2) The pitiful king who had everything the world has to offer, lacked the very One Person that gives Life to everything, Jesus Christ.
Choose Jesus Christ and see all the good, holy and eternal blessings enter your life! (Matthew 6:33)
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