Counting the Cost#5. “If he gains the whole world” (Lk.9:25).

Counting the Cost#5. “If he gains the whole world” (Lk.9:25).

A rather robust father sat in front of his cell phone camera flanked by his two equally robust sons. He announced in a strong regional accent that he had bought $400 worth of Scratchcards and was about to “make my fortune.” He divided the cards between himself, and his two sons and they, with coins in hand, proceeded to process the cards. When they had finished, he announced his winnings. “The return on my $400 investment is…$225. A loss of $175. So, what does that tell you? It tells you…Don’t waste your money on gambling!”

I must commend this wise dad for his object lesson (albeit one at the cost of $175).

Tragically, most people are willing to gamble their souls away for worse odds than these. Let’s be adults about this: Everyone who has sold themselves into sin—that is every adult—is going to hell unless that sin is forgiven. The only people going to heaven are those saved by faith in Christ.

Which begs the question: Why is it that so many people say, “I’ll take my chances without Jesus”?

The answer is simple: When a man wants to gain the whole world, it is to the world that he looks. Jesus will not help him and that he knows.

Conversely, when a man wants to gain heaven, it is to heaven that he looks. Jesus will help him and that he knows. In Jesus safe passage is assured.

Most of us are reluctant, and sometimes unwilling, to broach these vital facts with our family, friends, and neighbours. Fear of rejection often holds us back.

But remember, we are here to share with them the saving gospel of Jesus; the rest is between them and God. They have everything to gain, you have nothing to lose.

“For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?”

John Staiger

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