It is easy to determine what is really important to many people. Just listen to them.
The television networks interview men of success. Newspapers do articles on the real estate and stock market moguls.
What’s the theme of the world? Profit, accomplishment, and material wealth are all things many people consider important.
Jesus taught differently about what makes life worthwhile. Jesus taught that if a person wants to save his life, he will have to lose it. If one loses his life for Jesus’ sake and the gospel’s, he will truly find it (Mark 8:35).
Is our purpose in life centered on thinking of our own comfort, our own possessions, or our own safety? If it is, then we have not understood what really matters. This life is temporary. Eternity is forever. Would it be better to have a few things in this life and lose your soul for eternity? Why, of course not.
So, Jesus asked, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). The Lord was not talking about cash value. He was talking about saving our souls.
William Barclay wrote, “The real question, the question which sooner or later will have to be answered is, ‘How does life’s balance sheet look in the sight of God?’ God is the auditor whom, in the end, we all must face.”
When it comes to your soul, how does the balance sheet look? Is it skewed too much toward material things, and not on eternal? Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” (Matthew 6:21).