Good morning! Happy Wednesday to you all!
TFTD: Give it up in order to gain more
Matthew 16:26 (ESV) For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
Imagine a child with a tight grip on small objects that could harm him. The child’s father says, “Give me that, open your hand.” Yet the child refuses because he fears he is going to lose what he found. He becomes consumed with the idea that his Father wants to take what belongs to him. He becomes rebellious and disobedient. His father repeats, “Give me that, open your hand.” Finally, the child opens his hand and his father scoops the small dangerous objects out and replaces it with a sweet treat.
During your life, it is important to give God all of you. Perhaps you are like the little child and you have been holding on to fleshly desires so long that you do not want to let them go. Or maybe you feel like you are losing a lot as a Christian. I want to encourage you that when you give things up for Christ you are not losing anything. When God says, “Give me that, open your hand”, He sees the dangers that are lurking ahead and wants to help you avoid them. He knows that if you let go of the small insignificant worldly things (failed relationships, unfulfilling jobs, material things, etc.) He can bless you with the meaningful spiritual things that will fill your soul.
What will it profit YOU if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?
Do not maintain a tight grip on the things and people that will cause you to lose your spiritual fortune in Christ. Let go and receive the fullness of God. Greater things await if you just open your hands and give it to God.
Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.