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Monday, December 24, 2012

Does it benefit my life to save my body but lose my soul?

Christmas Day - December 25, 2012

Shall I choose my physical life in pursuit of better health or shall I choose the eternal fate of my soul?  If I must choose only one thing, I will forsake my body - and all else - in favor of the eternal state of my soul.  In speaking of spiritual life, Jesus said (according to the gospel of Mark 8:35-36), "For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it.  For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?"  There is nothing greater to be gained than to inherit eternal life.  To inherit eternal life is to lay down faith in one's own life (lose your life) and place faith in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, thus allowing His Spirit to dwell inside the soul. To have the Spirit of God dwell in one's soul is to have life and peace.  

The greatest desire of mankind is to know the love of God and to have a relationship with Him.  Unfortunately, many of us do not recognize this need and busily try to meet it with meaningless pursuits.  Two speakers and respected ministers of the gospel of Christ, to whom I enjoy listening, are Francis Chan and David Platt.  Francis Chan presents the choice between believing in or turning away from the loving Creator of your soul in this inspiring video, "Just Stop and Think."  David Platt, in the subsequent clip, speaks about the depth of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.  

Francis Chan - Just Stop and Think

David Platt - Jesus Absorbed the Wrath of God

I love to celebrate the birth of my Savior on Christmas Day, but I cannot celebrate His birth without worshiping Him at the foot of the cross.  It is the entire story of God's plan for my salvation, His loving romance of my heart and the enticing joy of living everyday for Him that gives me peace and fulfillment.  I hope that you, too, can know His great love for you and the transforming power of His presence inside of you.

Have a blessed Christmas!

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