A Soul-Searching Question

Jesus asked many questions. There is one question He asked that deeply probes the human heart. It is found in Mark 8:36-37: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” The primary thrust of the question is for the unsaved. If anyone gained the entire world and died unsaved, any temporary profit in one’s brief sojourn on this earth would be swallowed up, completely, in eternal loss. There is also an application of this question to the Christian. If a true Christian becomes entangled with the affairs of this life and becomes sidetracked from a deep fellowship with God, he or she will lose the incredible blessings they were meant to enjoy, as well as unimaginable eternal rewards. After asking this soul-searching question, Jesus, in Verse 38, gives a solemn warning: “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” In her hymn, “If I Gained the World,” Anna Olander musically reflects on Jesus’ question: “If I gained the world, but lost the Savior, were my life worth living for a day? Could my yearning heart find rest and comfort in the things that soon must pass away? If I gained the world, but lost the Savior, would my gain be worth the lifelong strife? Are all earthly pleasures worth comparing for a moment with a Christ-filled life? Had I wealth and love in fullest measure, and a name revered both far and near, yet no hope beyond, no harbor waiting, where my storm-tossed vessel I could steer; if I gained the world, but lost the Savior, Who endured the cross and died for me, could then all the world afford a refuge, whither, in my anguish, I might flee? O what emptiness!—without the Savior ’mid the sins and sorrows here below! And eternity, how dark without Him!  Only night and tears and endless woe! What, though I might live without the Savior, when I come to die, how would it be?  O to face the valley’s gloom without Him! And without Him all eternity! O the joy of having all in Jesus! What a balm the broken heart to heal! Ne’er a sin so great, but He’ll forgive it, nor a sorrow that He does not feel! If I have but Jesus, only Jesus, nothing else in all the world beside—O then everything is mine in Jesus; for my needs and more He will provide.” Selah! “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose” (Jim Elliot).

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com


One thought on “A Soul-Searching Question

  1. This is very well done, Ron. Praise God for His forgiveness! I haven’t responded much lately – but appreciate your blogs.

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