Loss and Gain

In the world of financial accounting and investing, the term loss is not a good word while the term gain is top notch and a very good word.

The same is true in life – if at the end of our life here on earth we lived for Christ and we die, it is gain. However, if we lived for ourselves, without Christ Jesus and we die, this is loss. Extreme loss…

Paul the Apostle knew first hand about loss and gain:

Philippians 3 : 4-1 NKJV

“…if anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain[b] to the resurrection from the dead.”

Philippians 1: 19-24 NKJV

19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I [d]cannot tell. 23 [e]For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.”

Paul was able to confidently say “for me to die is gain”, because he had a personal relationship with Jesus. He never saw Jesus, like Matthew, Mark and Luke did. He understood that this life is only temporal, a journey en-route to eternity.

Life is so fleeting. Even reaching a ripe old age of 98 or 101 is fleeting, a breath compared to eternity. Make sure you have Christ Jesus in your life and are living for Him – daily. Do not make the mistake of coming to the end of your life, on your death bed with moments to breathe and realize you wasted your life on material things, unimportant things, strife, un-forgivenss… Be ready to enter eternity and to meet Jesus and spend eternity with Him in His presence rather than away from His presence with the wrath of God facing you for ever.

If you have never excepted the free gift of salvation that God offers to each individual, through His Son’s death, burial and resurrection, and desire to live for Jesus, then please pray this simple prayer out to Almighty God:

“Heavenly Father, I come to you in Jesus name. Your Word says in Romans 10:9, 10 “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.” I believe in my heart Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe that He died on the cross for the salvation of the world. I believe that He was raised from the dead.  I receive and confess Jesus now as my Lord and Saviour. I thank you that I am forgiven from all past sin and that I now have become a Christian – a child of God. I am saved and have received eternal life.”

Praise God! Salvation is not about feeling saved, it is about faith and believing you are saved in Christ Jesus. Of importance are the following:

  • Read the Bible daily
  • Fellowship with other believers
  • Get connected to a good Word Based Church
  • Tell others about what God has done in your life through Jesus
  • Live full out for Jesus daily

Stay blessed in Christ, knowing life is short and eternity with Jesus is great gain…

Pr. Paddick

Laus Deo ministries Int. LDMI

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