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I’ve had the privilege of raising five children who took Einstein’s advice to heart. I’ve been asked questions that are mundane:
“Why do I have to brush my teeth?”
and questions that are mind boggling:
“How many sides does a circle have?”
As a parent and a teacher, I’ve been asked a lot of questions. I don’t always know the answers, but that just means I have an opportunity to learn something new. You just have to know where to look for the answers, and Google doesn’t have all of them!
Did you know that there are 946 questions in the New Testament?
“What good thing must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“Why don’t your disciples walk in the traditions of the elders?
“What shall I do with Jesus, called the Christ?”
There are a lot of good questions in the Bible, but there’s one that’s been resonating in my mind lately. It’s a question Jesus asked after inviting people to follow Him. It was an invitation that meant a personal commitment to Jesus, a complete surrender of oneself, as well as personal sacrifice. This is what He asked:
What does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul?
That’s a question that grabs your attention. Forfeit means I’m going to lose something. Jesus piles another question on right after that one, in case He didn’t get His listener’s attention the first time:
“For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
If you have never made a commitment to follow Jesus Christ, would you think about the implications of His question for a moment? Your soul is the real you, the eternal part of you that lives inside of your body.
What is your soul worth?
What are you willing to trade for it? The approval of others? Money? Success and influence? Being your own “god” for a few years? What’s your soul worth to you?
Can I tell you what it’s worth to God?
“…there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
In case you missed it, there’s a bit of sarcasm in Jesus’ comment there about the 99 righteous. He was saying this to a group of men who thought they were righteous because of their good deeds. They were men who didn’t think they needed a savior. They didn’t see their moral bankruptcy before God, who is completely holy, without any failure of any kind.
These men wouldn’t rejoice about the one sinner repenting, but all of heaven does. That’s how much God values each soul. He values your soul. That’s why He sent His Son, Jesus.
The world offers you its treasures and it’s pleasures in exchange for your soul.
The devil offers you glory, wealth–anything in his kingdom for the few years you live on this earth.
In contrast to those transient, temporary promises, Jesus offers you eternal life to save your soul forever.
You should “question everything.” It’s my earnest hope that you will ask yourself the questions Jesus asked. Do you want to “gain the whole world” and lose your soul?