Matthew 16:26 “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”
Everyone is in pursuit of something. Some are pursuing a career; some are pursuing a mate; some are pursuing a degree; some are pursuing a title or position; some are pursuing a goal. What people are pursing is vast and wide, but everyone is in pursuit of something. By nature of pursuit, it means that we have to make what has been called, sacrifices and whether our pursuit is selfish in nature or benevolent, we like to believe the end goal is worth the sacrifice. But, have you really thought about what you are pursuing vs. what you are “sacrificing”?
Sacrifice sounds so spiritual, so noble, so honorable and for those that make genuine sacrifices for values we all hold dear like freedom, democracy and safety, I salute their sacrifices. However, many people who believe they are making sacrifices, are actually forfeiting something or someone in order to gain something else. Deception is very hard to detect, because it is deceiving. Parents forfeit time with their children to “give them the life they never had”; spouses forfeit time with each other to pursue personal passions, dreams, or goals; Pastors forfeit time ministering to the Lord so they can minister to people; politicians forfeit their integrity, their authenticity, so they can win a position; athletes forfeit their bodies, so they can have a trophy, a medal or a personal satisfaction.
One of the greatest losses in our society is that we have forfeited the wisdom of the aged for the zeal of the young. We have looked to the youth to lead us and have forfeited the wisdom that comes with age and experience. In doing so, we have a society that forfeits children for phones; marriages for money; time spent with the Lord for television, social media, or the newspaper. If we could hear the voices of the ones who have gone before us, they would say, it’s not worth the price.
We spend hundreds of dollars on smart phones and cable bills and yet our communication with one another is worst not better, our children are angrier than before, and our family time has been replaced with television time. Do you realize how much we have forfeited and how little we have gained?
One of the gifts the kingdom of God is bringing to the earth is an awakening of our love for God and our love for one another. When we realize the value of humanity, we will stop forfeiting them for technology. I know we need to work, but the bible says, the blessing of the Lord maketh rich and adds no sorrow (toil, striving, forfeiting) to it. When we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (His order for living), all these things (toys, technology, whatever) will be added to us (Matthew 6:33).
If somethings been stolen from you, then God can restore it back to you; if you have forfeited something, you can take it back, but it is going to take courage. Take a moment and think about what you have forfeited in pursuit of _____________________. When you are 70, 80, 90, 100 years old, I have been told you will look back and realize whatever you gained was not worth the price of what you forfeited. Wisdom is looking ahead and seeing what is coming, while preparing for that day right now. It’s not too late to course correct, His grace is sufficient and His love never fails.