“What Does It Profit A Man To Gain The World, And Lose His Soul” ?
The other day I posted my story of meeting “The Real Medicine Man” Ketut Lyler from the book/movie Eat, Pray, Love.
In my post I talked about our trials, and triumphs and what we went through to get to where we are now traveling the world, and not being attached to any material possession but accumulating experiences.
I quoted a verse from the Bible that I have always remembered and held close to my heart and has shaped my values growing up. I lost track of this for several years…( hence us losing everything and having to learn a valuable lesson)
This is the verse.
“What does it profit a man to gain the world, and lose his soul”
~ book of Mark or Matthew
I started wondering what others thought about this verse and what it meant to them.
So I wrote what it means to me and to share my perspective on what I think Mathew or Mark was saying to me when I read it. ( believe it was attributed to Jesus while testing his adherents and disciples)
Here is my perspective. I would love to hear yours.
Jesus warned that gaining worldly things, and merely satisfying the lust for money, power or other things, is insufficient. That when you gain these things and value them above all else, including others or your own self-worth, then you have lost your soul.
The purpose in the verse, is that you should value those human qualities and other people above the worldly possessions and pleasures. When you love, you do not lust; when you set free you do not possess; when you do not own you are not owned. True freedom, and coming before God means not being chained down to earthly things.
Bottom line, if you want to survive the second coming, then let go of worldly things and embrace the two rules:
Love yourself, God and love one another without judgment or hypocrisy and treat each other righteously.
You cannot do that if you greedily amass wealth, screw around without any love, and otherwise take rather than give from your heart. We are here to share our purpose, our passions and to inspire others to do the same…
This will allow us to profit while still loving our soul.
What do you think?
See the post I am referencing here with Ketut Lyler the “Real Medicine Man” from the
movie/Book Eat, Pray, Love below:
I totally agree with your assessment of the rules: Love yourself, God and love one another without judgment or hypocrisy and treat each other righteously. What an joyful life it is when we do both of those!