Monday, January 23

Losing your soul

Scripture: Matthew 16

Matthew 16:26 For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life?


In v. 24-28, Jesus spells out the costs and benefits of discipleship, what it means to follow him. It involves denying myself, taking up my cross and following Jesus, and giving my life away to find it. Then this question: what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life (the Greek word is “soul”)?

Jesus calls us to do a cost-benefit analysis. What is worth forfeiting your life? Losing your soul? 


Here is why this jumped out at me:

Recently a dear friend suddenly left his wife of many years and took up with a new woman. But he didn’t just exchange his wife—he forfeited his entire life as he had known it: wife, kids, grandkids, friends, church, ministry, relationship with Jesus, legacy…everything. All of it. What is worth that?

Many years ago, an author challenged me to write out what I would lose if I had an affair. I made the list. It was everything that mattered to me. I thought, “What could possibly be worth that?” Answer: nothing. 

What is worth losing your soul? Your life now and forever? Nothing. Keep that in mind when you’re tempted to abandon Jesus and go your own way. 

Follow Jesus. He’s worth it.

Prayer: I love you Jesus. I’m so grateful that you’ve kept me. Help me today to follow you with a fully surrendered heart…and find my life!