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The World, Alexander the Great, and Your Soul

March 12, 2020

“What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” Luke 9:25

Life is a high-risk venture. You can gain the world, but you can also lose your soul. You need to place these two things—the world and your soul—side-by-side and think about their value.

At the end of your life, your gains and your losses will be added up and the account of your life will be balanced. So look very carefully at what you can gain and what you can lose.

None of us are like Alexander the Great, going out to conquer the world. Each of us has a narrow window of opportunity through which we’re able to “gain the world.”

All of us have limited resources—limited power, limited time, and limited finances. But Jesus asks us to think about everything we could possibly gain in this life.

1. The world of knowledge _____
2. The world of sports _____
3. The world of business _____
4. The world of the arts _____
5. The world of relationships _____
6. The world of leisure _____
7. The world of ministry _____

Think about these seven worlds right now and score yourself on each of them. Give yourself a “3” if you are very interested, a “2” if you are only mildly interested, and a “1” if you are not really interested in this world at all.

The good news is that each of these worlds will be made perfect in heaven.

Which are your “top” areas of interest? Why?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the President and Teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



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