Text: Mark 8:34-38
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? Mark 8:36-37
All our worldly possessions, aspirations, achievements, pleasures, and pursuits of power are not worth the value of one's eternal soul! We know this to be true in our minds, but the way we conduct our lives doesn't seem to correspond with this mental "reality." Instead of allowing this truth to shape our lives, many Christians live as if “busyness is next to godliness.” We behave as if moving fast, thinking big, and focusing on the many is a more valuable approach to life than slowing down, thinking small, and faithfully investing in a few people for the sake of the gospel.
Many Christians – including church leaders – are living lives of speed, exhaustion, and emptiness, not lives of spiritual purpose, contentment, joy, and lasting fruit. We are not slowing down and going deeper in our walk with Jesus. Nor are we slowing down and helping others go deeper in the faith.
JD Greear writes, "Sermons, books, and podcasts are great, but certain dimensions of discipleship can only happen in the context of relationships. Disciples are formed by disciple-makers—intentionally, personally, one soul at a time."
Jesus' words from our text should change our priorities.