Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I don't wanna gain the whole world...

One of our favorite songs as a family is Toby Mac's 'Lose My Soul.' If you don't know it, follow the link.

It is taken from the verse in Matthew 16:26:
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

What do you think Toby Mac means by that? It's kind of a warning not to be fooled by the glitz and glam of this world. There are so many things that people can get wrapped up in and before they know it they are worshipping fame or fortune or popularity or sports or music or their jobs or their children or another person that has become so important to them that they have left out that place reserved for God. Our society is filled with people who have sold their soul to the devil over the slightet gain and indulgences. We can watch the news and see star athletes or actors and musicians that have strayed so far from whom God made them to be through a slow progression of choosing thingsover Christ. The things of this world are temporary. We cannot take them with us. But the one thing that last forever is the love of Jesus and to follow HIM, we may have to deny ourselves many times. It is the example He gave us when He took up that cross. But what a blessing it will be when we are one day in heaven with HIM.

I will borrow some of the lyrics of Toby Mac's song for our prayer.

Lord forgive us when we get consumed by the things of this world,
That fight for our love, and our passion,
As our eyes are open wide and on you.
Grant us the privilege of your world view,
And may your kingdom be, what wakes us up, and lays us down.

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