The great missionary Jim Elliot gives us this quote - “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose”. Note, that this quote comes before he gave his life to the missionary tribe he was striving to reach with the Gospel. After Jesus tells us that we gain life in Him by losing our own, He know tells us:
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? Mark 8:36
All the misplaced energy. All the silly pursuits we can go on. Where do you look for profit? He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep (his life/time/talents/treasure) to gain what he cannot lose (eternal life/soul/joy/peace). Your life is a precious gift. Spend it on things of eternal value.
You can read the whole Bible text here: http://www.esvbible.org/Mark%208%3A34-38/
For more devotional thoughts you can visit www.windcitychurch.org/blog/ . We meet for worship at 3:16pm each Sunday at The Link at 353 W. A Street in downtown Casper. Be Our Guest on Sunday or at one of our Missional Communities that meet at various times and locations around the Casper Metro Area.