In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “All or Nothing?.”
If I were given a choice to gain the world, but gain nothing in the heavenly realm I’d rather have nothing in this world and gain everything that is good and long lasting in the life to come.
The desire to want everything that is of the world is dangerous. Think of it as signing off on a contract. You are signing off on the terms of a contract not fully reading, comprehending and mediating on all that you may gain or lose under its terms. The world’s contract isn’t precise on what it’ll take to get all you’re demanding and how it’ll affect you in the long run. Though it may appear satisfying, you have a lot to lose when you’re reaching for the world. Here’s a look at it through a biblical prospective.
In Matthew 16:26&27 Jesus says: “What good would it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what they have done.” The good thing about signing a contract with Christ is that you know exactly what to expect. What you’ll gain under this contract is eternal life and things that your human heart and mind cannot fathom–unspeakable peace, safety and love. Now if you are to choose to gain all that is of the world you will reap destruction, sorrow, pain and fear at the time of the rewarding.
Understand I’m not stating that it’s wrong to like and/or enjoy things that are tangible and satisfying for the time being, but if you make it your life and depend upon those things you cannot take with you in the life to come, than there’s an issue. If you are following this path turn away from it and pray for guidance from the one who meets all needs and desires of the heart. Matthew 6:33 states, “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”
All-in-all, If I were given a choice to gain the world, but gain nothing in the heavenly realm I’d rather have nothing in this world, and gain everything that is good and long lasting in the life to come.