Mark 8:36 (ESV) For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
“When we stand before God – He won’t ask if we’ve been successful. He will ask if we have been faithful.” – Elizabeth Wood
I am a believer. I study God’s Word every day. I pray every day. I worship God with my life. I still get fixated on temporary and unimportant things every day. If I am not careful, it will lead me to bondage. “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world” is a relative gut check that must be revisited constantly or our life (time, talent and treasure) will be given to every day cares, worries and burdens rather invest in faithful seed sowing that leads to far greater and more satisfying fruit. The sowing of our life will always determine the harvest. Success sown in the world will be consumed. However, successful sowing in God’s Kingdom will continue to harvest far beyond our natural life expectancy.
It is important to continually examine our heart and determine its motives. The enemy wants nothing more than to keep us on the hamster wheel of endless pursuit of lesser things that will not accomplish God’s Plan and Purpose for our life. The Kingdom is the richest place ever created. However, its value and worth is not in its streets of pure gold, but rather the Lamb of God whose radiant light allows us to live in its beauty. The world enlists our five senses to apprehend faith meant for the Lord to invest in all the wrong places. We worry about just about everything and anything. It is the daily offering of a thief who wants to steal, kill and destroy every good thing God is doing in us and through us.
Matthew 25:21 (ESV) His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[a] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
The words of a pastor and missionary’s wife, Elizabeth Wood, offer powerful insight to successful supernatural living. God isn’t looking for successful people. A prospering soul produces such a life. He is looking for the faithful who will invest their entire existence in pursuing Him and His Kingdom to prosper their soul and enrich their life giving them great success. There is no profit in the forfeiture of one’s soul because it will only produce tangible blessings subject to rot, decay and degradation. The blessings produced by the human hand without the blessing of the Hand of God are always in jeopardy subject to the enemy’s attack. Our mission in this life is to seek God until we find Him. In doing so, we find His Son Jesus who gives us access to all of heaven and connects our eternal life to this natural one giving us true prosperity from the inside out.
Will it matter 100 years from now? Seed continues to reproduce beyond the sower. We are created as eternal beings but struggle in this world to see beyond the initial loss of something to its potential blessing down the road. Not only do I sow for this life, but I sow seeds of faith from my grandson, future grandchildren and even great grandchildren. There is longevity that can only be perceived from a godly perspective.
Isaiah 55:8-10 (ESV) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater…
When presented with temptations, trials, trouble, trauma or tragedy, it is vital to our spiritual success to zoom out. To take the lens of our life, and continually take a step back and another and another until our perspective moves from that one incident to the place of higher thoughts. His Thoughts are higher than my thoughts. His Ways are better than my ways. His Plan and Purpose are found in His Presence which means I must encounter the Living God on a daily basis to deal with temporary problems with eternal solutions. When I try to determine the best use of my time, talent and treasure – it must be done from a heaven’s eye view and not according to my current placement, situation, position or condition. I will go no further until I decide to step out of this life and walk in the supernatural blessings of God. My life is my seed. I determine where I sow it.
Galatians 6:7-8 (ESV) Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
For whatever one sows – they will also reap. This is a precious promise to the believer who decides each days to surrender their worries, cares and burdens to receive love, joy and perfect peace. To continually sow our life faithfully to God and others in the same love, joy and peace given to us by God. Sowing in the Spirit is not a religious act but an overflowing relationship with God the Father through Jesus His Son that allows an overwhelming generosity of the giving in our life. It is tangible. It is intangible. The sowing of our life must be intentionally faithful service to the Lord. If we give all we’ve got to the things of this of this life and our natural pursuits – it lends to spiritual bankruptcy no matter our earthly success and philanthropy. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Without sowing there is no harvest. We must become driven by spiritual prosperity as secondary to natural success. Hope must be the anchor of our soul. We cannot be carried away by the currents of life but continue our course. Faith must be our greatest commodity to please our one true love.
2 Corinthians 9:10 (ESV) He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.