Today’s Reading | Luke 9:1-36
What Good Is It?
Have you ever worked really hard to acquire something, then after you were successful, you felt as if the effort you put into getting it was not worth it? For example, you saved enough money to buy a car you really wanted, and after you bought it you found that you didn’t like it as much as you thought you would. Maybe you made sacrifices and worked hard to receive an award and after winning it you realized the effort expended to achieve it was not worth it. If so, you can imagine what it would be like to work your whole life for something that, when you got it, seemed insignificant. That is the point Jesus made to the disciples in verses 23-27. In verse 25, He asked a question to illustrate His point. You can be the richest man in the world and still die with nothing. You can be famous yet have nothing. To pursue what the world is offering will bring sorrow to your life. What good is it to gain emptiness and lose your soul? Christ wants us to make Him our priority. When we do, we may not gain the whole world, but we will surely gain our souls. Underline verse 25 as a reminder to pursue righteousness and not the emptiness that this world has to offer.
What are most people striving to gain?
How can you tell if you are striving to gain the world or righteousness?
How can you insure that what you are striving for is really important?
What can you do to avoid gaining the world, thereby losing your soul?