Eternal Losers

In the post What Can a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul?, the notion that we cannot purchase salvation was presented. Another notion presented was that we should not pursue the things of this world because when we die our soul would be required of us. I have to admit that I would enjoy having enough financial capital that I could purchase what my loved ones wanted as well as what I wanted. Jesus never promised me my wants, but He did say “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 In actuality, it is not my job to meet my needs. It is my responsibility to use the mind, energy and opportunity God provides to meet my needs and possible wants.

Our challenge is trying to remain balanced in satisfying our wants. Our, no my, wants usually revolve around comfort and convenience not necessities. Often an imbalance exists where the pursuit of things leads us down the road of seeking after money for those things. We want to sleep good, look good, ride good, and feel good from a surplus of money. While extra is not bad, it is our focus that creates the problem. In Mark 8, this is what Jesus was speaking of as he addressed the disciples and those around.

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.

In contrast to meeting our temporal needs and wants, Jesus pits our choice for the temporal versus the eternal. Eternal Losers are those who have not prepared or invested in eternity. What we eat, drink, wear, drive and live are not eternal values. The means to an eternal life is losing your life in the her and now for the cause of Christ. Jesus says it plainly in verse 35 “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” Our focus should be Jesus who is the gospel.

Eternal Losers are those who do not believe and follow Jesus as He says in Mark 8:35. It is also confirmed in 2 Thessalonians 1:8 where Paul says, “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” God’s gospel must be accepted, believed, and obeyed (1 Pet. 4:17). Its divine command is for absolute surrender to God through the peace made by Jesus Christ. Ligonier Ministries. I just asked my son why wouldn’t someone follow God. He said, “Because they don’t care, don’t believe or they don’t want to follow God. Wow, the simplicity of those statements sum up what Eternal Losers are.

One is a loser because he/she does not win something. Without adherence to the gospel, one loses out on salvation of his souls. Salvation from the penalty of sin. We lose out on being justified which is being seen as righteous in the eyes of God. We loses out on becoming united with God and friends of God. We remain enemies with God. As an introspection of what Eternal Losers experience, Steve Clay wrote “we are asking them to consider that God is the object of the longings of their naturally rebellious and deceitful hearts. In application to our own hearts we are acknowledging the same. Faith, not works, is the means by which we come to know God, taking Him at His word that the end of our pursuit for pleasure, safety, meaning, and life will only be found in Him. Our precious Savior died to this end, that He might bring us to God. Considering this gospel reality reorients us to a different view of heart change, one that makes Christ the center, because we love to behold His glory, rather than a duty-oriented approach that centers on self. The gospel is God—He is the good news. To live with and enjoy Him is essence of life.”

If your heart and decisions toward God has not changed, you might be an Eternal Losers.



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