My text today is from Matthew 16:25. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
One may lose many things in life without consequence, and on the other hand one may lose some things with very costly results. We may lose our jobs, our homes in the event of some natural disaster, or perhaps some dear loved one, or maybe our health. During economic crashes there have been people that lost their entire savings and with that, killed others and took their own lives as well. As far as they were concerned all was lost. Not so. Jesus said, “…Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” Luke 12:15
Yes, some things to us seemingly are very costly, but not near as costly as other things. You say, “How can anything be more costly than a life?”
Read our text. The Lord Jesus Christ talks about a person losing his physical life, but then adds one thing even more costly that we may lose, and that is our soul. You see our physical life is temporal but our soul is eternal. Our soul will live on somewhere for all eternity. What would you give in exchange for your soul? It is priceless and for one to loose that would be the most valuable and tragic loss of eternity itself. How sad that many people sell out to the world, the flesh, and the devil, just for some temporary pleasure that will have eternal consequences. That’s why many won’t get saved. They want everything here and now, never giving thought to the price they will have to pay later. Dad used to say, “It’s easy to get in debt, but hard to get out.” What a debt some will owe in eternity!
What do you have to lose? Your soul, and that is worth more than you could possibly pay for in eternity.
Jesus Christ has paid the sin debt for you, so why would you go and try to pay for it yourself? What would you gain by doing that? Who would care after 500 years anyway?
Do the smart thing and take the eternal pardon offered you. You will be glad you did. You will have only your sins to lose, and that —–is—– worth it.