Day 38: Losing the Eternal Advantage
Updated: Mar 11
It has been said that if I am wrong about God then I have wasted my life, but if the lost person is wrong about God then they have wasted their eternity. This is the ethos of our passage for today.
If I were to stretch a hundred foot rope across a wide room from end to end I could give you a picture of eternity. But we are not in the same place, and neither are we in a wide room. So you will have to imagine a 100 foot rope stretched from end to end. And if you could imagine that rope to be a line that has no beginning and no ending then you are just beginning to imagine eternity. Close your eyes and think of your very favorite color. Imagine one inch of that rope painted that color, your favorite. Mine would be yellow. Bright, sunny yellow. Now imagine that colored inch to be your life.
Here’s the lesson: We are eternal beings and yet we focus most of our time, most of our energy and most of our effort on this one-inch part of our eternal life. The Bible addresses this very issue in Luke 9.
“For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world and lose himself, or be a cast away?” Luke 9:25
As Christians, what we do for Christ matters for eternity. Raising those children for God matters. The good works we do in the name of Christ matter. Teaching that Sunday School class matters. And this list could go on and on.
In the end, receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour will matter most of all. Without faith in Christ you are lost for all of eternity and nothing you have done on this earth will matter. ALL is lost and absolutely nothing is gained.
With Christ, you do not have to lose the eternal advantage. He came, He died, He arose, He lives and He’s coming again. All of this for our eternal gain!
Four times in Luke 9 you find the Greek word apollymi which means to fully destroy.
Loser2021 Theme Verse:
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.” Mark 8:35
“Lose” from the Greek word “Apollymi” means “to destroy fully.” It is translated “lose” in Luke 9:25, our verse for today.