An Evangelical Free Church in Cary, NC

What Shall is Profit a Man?

Jesus said,

The implied answer is “nothing!” It does not do a person any good to gain the whole world materially, and yet forfeit his soul. What is more, it puts a person in peril! There is nothing a person can give God in exchange for his own soul. We spend time pursuing many things that will end up perishing, rotting, or simply being “undone” by the next generation. As C.T. Studd put it, “One life to live, ’twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”

In Christ, we have salvation- an inheritance that will never perish, spoil, or fade. And in the meantime, we are called to actively “store up” treasures in heaven. The words of this hymn by Cesar Malan are just as relevant today as they were when he wrote it in the nineteenth century. It expresses the justice awaiting those who try to “gain the whole world” yet forfeit their souls: no worldly goods can save them, only Christ can. Turn to Jesus now- repent, accept his forgiveness and his love for you, and pursue the things that really matter.


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