For What Will It Profit a Man …

Double exposure of businessman and city

Matthew 16:26 NIVWhat good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”

This is a question that Jesus posed and His question speaks of a reality that many chose to ignore. If materialism is all that we believe in, if we think that what we see and experience, here now, is all that there is, then our goals of getting ahead makes sense and we give it our best shot. The only problem being, what if our pursuit of gaining wealth. power and fame, even if it is so that we can obtain the perceived good of providing for our families, is not all that there is?

But the question goes deeper than that because if materialism is all that there is, and we are in essence, answerable to no one, aside from what is deemed as acceptable from within the society that we live in, how we manage to get ahead and the methods utilized to succeed, can also come into question, if in fact there is more than materialism, if in fact we do have a soul or spirit within us.

Morality or the acceptability of a moral code is a strange thing. I don’t know how many times I have heard someone who is an adherent of materialism or an atheist, say that they haven’t been fairly dealt with. And one of Jesus’ teachings that for me has always rung true is where Jesus tells us to first remove the log out of our eye before we attempt to remove the twig from someone else’s eye (Matthew 7:1-5 NIV). From what I have experienced of humanity, including myself, is that we normally have two sets of rules. Rules of conduct that others should follow and rules of conduct that frequently give us a pass on our own line of questionable conduct. Does that sound like a perspective that a loving and just God would condone?

I can remember a conversation I had at work with a fellow co-worker a few months ago wherein my co-worker stated that he believed in God but really wasn’t interested in looking into it further because he was afraid of what God might ask him to do. That’s the old, who’s in the driver’s seat reality, where what is right and wrong is determined by oneself, versus God. There’s shades of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden there if you look for it.

And what I also find disheartening is when parents who reject the idea of our spirit living on when these bodies die, or being answerable to a just God, pass on their choices by the actions that they follow, to their children. Basically they infer that they will let their children decide for themselves when they become of age to make independent decisions. What they fail to perceive is that their actions serve as a model for their children to follow and what they are basically doing is passing on their own beliefs to their children, by their display of disbelief. And what if the parents are wrong?

Is there any evidence that what Jesus is talking about is in fact a reality? That God is indeed real and that when He created us, in His own image, we were created with a sole? Billions and millions of people throughout the ages have thought so, including today. Where all those people mistaken? Shouldn’t we, at a minimum, take an honest sincere look at what Jesus said and what He accomplished?

In Jesus’ question “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”, if a person rejects Jesus and becomes the richest, most powerful person on earth, he has still made a poor decision. Sooner or later, earthly things will fade away. And that person will have lost the only part of himself that lasts forever. The day of reckoning is coming: “For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done” (Matthew 16:27).

Proverbs 14:12 NIV “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death”

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!




  1. As King Solomon said “I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.”

    A man gifted by God with the greatest wisdom of any man in History, save Jesus Christ…. A man who had all the money you could imagine, all the women he ever wanted, all the joys of life to be found… all for nothing.

    I think He would agree with you Bruce on these matters.

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  2. Bruce, thank you for sharing another Biblical truth, which, but for the love of the Father I would never have cared for, nor understood that I had a soul that will live forever. But for the quickening of His Holy Spirit for regeneration and His revelation of my heart in rebellion against Him, I would still be dead in my sin. But for His Spirit within a new heart and spirit, born into His family, I would never have been drawn to Jesus, to know Him and love Him as Lord and Savior. Before His work through His Son and HIs Holy Spirit within me, I would still be oblivious to anything except my own preconceived ideas; no interest in God or my own soul. Praise Him for His marvelous, sufficient grace that continues to lead us in the truths of His grace to the feet of Jesus. Blessings for your week-end and for the Lord’s Day. (Long comments can be contagious.:)


    1. Long comments are always welcome Frances! It is amazing when you stop and think about it, how the reality of God and His plan for us, the multiple steps He went through to show us of Himself and then of course, His ultimate example, Jesus. I try to visualize this speck in the universe and all that He went through to have us with Him. What is truly amazing is that we could have so easily missed it, but for His grace. Blessings for you and Jerry also!

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    1. The witness of the parent’s rejection is a statement that the children pick up on, so while the parents infer that they are allowing the child to make their own decision when they get older, in essence, the parents have already showcased their own decision on God. Considering the extreme importance of this decision, it is hardly a neutral decision.

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