To Lose It All is to Gain Everything
By: Randy Jones
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Mark 8:34)
Sometimes we stand back and look over our lives and become very proud of our accomplishments. For some it is the successful career with a home and automobiles, for others it may be a beautiful family everyone healthy and in a loving home, or possibly for those who are retired it could be living a life of leisure and travel. We often look at ourselves on a periodic basis and; well lets just say we get very proud of ourselves because we work hard to obtain what we have and harder in some cases to keep it.
We cherish many things throughout our lives, things we have obtained over our struggles and triumphs while living and working and for some surviving. So have we ever stopped and asked ourselves the question, “What if today I were to lose everything?”
Not necessarily in a sense of fire or theft but what if you died and lost everything material and even more what if you were to die without Christ or without doing the will of God to your full blessed potential? Not too many people ever consider this question because their lives are based on what they have worked for. But in reality Christ did the work for all of us that we could receive the full blessings of the Heavenly Father that in other wise we would be doomed and all we would have to live and die for is what we have attained on earth.
The bible gives several accounts of loss and gain, such as Job a man who lived to trust God daily and was put through many sorrows directly from the devil with loss of family, home, livestock, and his health deteriorating, but through it all he believed on God to deliver him and that was exactly what happened. (Read Job Chapters 1-42) But there is another man who was more similar to many people today. A man raised in a good home and whose family was very law abiding and this man made it to be one of the top prosecutors in Jerusalem and know throughout the area as one who could get the job done when it came to prosecuting those who fell short of Jewish custom or laws, in other words he was the Christians worse enemy. The man I speak of is Paul or Tarsus. We have all heard the story of how Paul was converted on the road to Damascus and how he spent every waking hour announcing the word of Christ and the obedience of Christians everywhere. But why would such a conversion make someone leave all that they have? How could someone give up their life’s work for something such as Christianity?
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. (Phil 3:7-8).
In this passage of scripture Paul could put it in no better words than these, without Christ as the main focus of his life than all of his accomplishments and things of value that he had gained in his life were no more than garbage. This is from the same man who earlier enjoyed nothing more than to seek out and punish those who served Christ which is a testimony in its self of the loving power of Christ and how has unsurpassed love for all.
In the book of Matthew Jesus explains it best when he said “What will it profit a man if he gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? There is not one monetary value we can place on our eternity, we can not swap our home or car or bank account for our eternity or to buy us one extra day with God that we have not earned. So as we go about our daily lives and work to make our ends meet let us never forget the one who completes our eternity and comforts our stressful daily lives and that would be our Savior Jesus Christ and in the end the only accomplishment that will matter is what we have done in His name.
“Wherefore beloved,” Peter said, “be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” (2 Peter 3:14).