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A Matter of Profit and Loss

Matthew 16:24-27
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 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 he has done.

There is a bottom line in business and in families

It's a matter of profit and loss.

To God, there is something more valuable than earthly riches - the human soul.
All the riches of the world combined are not as important as one soul.

26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

    God created our souls in His image.
    Our souls are eternal - destined to be in heaven or in hell.  We can't take earthly riches with us.
    Jesus became flesh and died, just to save our souls. (vs. 21, 22)

Which is more valuable as you stand before God - your soul or a life of accumulating wealth?

It's a matter of profit and loss.

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Since souls are so much more valuable, we should work to gain them.
   
A Missionary does not have an easy life.  It is a life of sacrifice.

Who is richer as he stands before the Lord - the person who has won souls for Christ - or the person who has accumulated only earthly wealth?
   
It's a matter of profit and loss.

A Chinese man once became a slave in order to minister to slaves.

Who is richer before God - this man who gave his life to see others saved - or the man who lives a life of ease and bears no heavenly fruit?

It's a matter of profit and loss.
25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.

Sunday school teacher = it is work, it is inconvenient.  But a great opportunity to touch lives and win souls.

Who is richer before God - a teacher who has led souls to Christ - or the person who was concerned with personal leisure?

It's a matter of profit and loss.

The Prayer Warrior = It is time consuming.  It is very hard work.  But God answers prayer and saves souls.

Who is richer before God - the person who wrestles in prayer for souls - or the person who prays only for personal needs.

It's a matter of profit and loss.

27 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 he has done.

It's a matter of profit and loss.

Tending to souls does not mean we won't have what we need of earthly treasure.

Matthew 6:31-33
31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

It's a matter of profit and loss.


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