Monday, June 11, 2018

"they were filled with madness" - Gain the Whole World, Yet Forfeit One's Soul

Around the National Diet Bldg., Tokyo

Gain the Whole World, Yet Forfeit One's Soul

One of the most impressive words of Christ Jesus is: What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
For this reason, did not Christ Jesus gain the whole world but He lived as a humble saint?

This can apply to the case that one wishes to be rich or successful in any fields of the human world while not putting the highest priority on his faith in God.  And, if he succeeded in becoming rich or achieving great attainments in any field of the human society, there is no good because he would surely forfeit his soul.

The measure of one's success in his life is not success in terms of the worldly sense but success in developing and deepening his faith in God.  The criterion in one's life is not how much one has earned money or how much one got promotion in the social order, but how much one has loved God, enriched his faith in God, and grasped the meaning of the words of God.

Rich men and successful men can be easily found because they will be famous and prominent.  But the true value of human beings has nothing to do with such status.  But men with true value without forfeiting their souls can be found in non-rich and non-successful men.  This is the truth of the word of Jesus.

And this word taught by Christ Jesus 2000 years ago has been valid and real to date.  In any era or any society, this word has been true and effective.  No matter what technology human beings have developed, this simple expression cannot be changed.  The teachings of Christ Jesus are above any human technology and science.

Or, put simply, what good is it if anyone becomes U.S. President but he forfeits his soul?

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Luk 6:11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.
Luk 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.