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What can You Afford to Lose

Consider what you might be losing in the midst of all that you are getting.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 8:37, ” Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? “

Background

We Americans are passionate about our individuality. We love to choose what we want to choose, do what we want to do, wear what we want to wear. No one wants to be forced to be like someone else. But there are those situations where we all do the same thing. A recent survey concluded that for the first time, more than 90% of adults own a cell phone. And, on average, every adult consumer owns at least two credit cards. So, you may drive your kind of car and I drive mine. You might get your groceries from one market and I another. But we both are going there with our phones in tow and paying for our purchases with a plastic card. There just seems to be no way around it. The way of the world is to be plugged in through your cell phone and pay for everything on credit. That is the life that we have created for ourselves. And so, what would you take for your cell phone? I’m not offering to buy so that you can go out and get the latest and greatest upgrade. I’m simply wondering what your cell phone means to you and how willing you are to go without.
Chances are, the smarter it is, the more it’s become a part of your DNA. So, could you give it up, or would it feel like a part of you was gone? Now, after you’ve worked through the whole cell phone quandary, how would you feel about abandoning your credit cards and paying for everything in cash?

Application

In this case, I could see where it might be a practical impossibility if your income does not quite cover your outgo. In order to get by on the cash available, some lifestyle changes would have to occur. But that’s part of the offer; namely, which parts of your life would you sacrifice in order to live differently? It’s the timeless question that Jesus posed for all the world, and its significance has only intensified as the lures and distractions have as well. What is your soul worth? And what is keeping you from paying attention to it like you should?

Charge

As we seek Him today, consider what you might be losing in the midst of all that you are getting.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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