PROFIT AND LOSS"Lo, we have left all, and have followed Thee! Jesus answered, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My sake, and the Gospel's but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time and in the world to come eternal life."-- Mar_10:28-30.
THE PRINCIPLES of this world, and those of our Lord are widely different. The world is set on grasping all it can accumulation, self aggrandisement, the piling up of fortunes, the gradual or speedy climb up the ladder of fame, the gathering of hosts of friends. Looking after "number one" is the readiest way of expressing this principle of life! But it is unsatisfactory and disappointing. The soul which is the centre of its own circumference is doomed to realize that there are more forfeits than prizes, more bitterness than success, more dark hours than bright ones.
On the other side, Christ's principle of life is to give, to trust, to bless! His measure must be always pressed down and running over. The cloak must follow the coat; the second mile must be gladly thrown in with the first. To be willing to surrender all for the sake of others, is the ordinary claim of the King on those who own Him as their Lord.
In every age there have been thousands who have gladly accepted this as their rule of life. Peter and the rest of the Apostles were the leaders of a host which no man can number, who have left all to follow Jesus.
He had nowhere to lay His head, and they have been homeless, wandering in the world, with no settled abiding-place; He was poor and they have gone amongst their fellows, saying: "Silver and gold have we none, but such as we have we give." But how great has been their reward. Before we can understand what Christ is willing to do for us, there must be not only a taking-hold, but a letting-go.
We must step out from the boat, and withdraw our hand from it. It is even good, like St. Paul, to need all things, since by faith we come to possess all. Read the wonderful series of paradoxes to which he gives utterance in 2 Cor. 4.
The Lord promises eternal life as the crown of all. When we kneel at the Cross, and see Jesus as our own Saviour, we have eternal life, but we cannot realise all it implies until this mortality is swallowed up of life.
Thou hast called us to minister and witness, to go amongst men as our Saviour went, bearing in our hands the balm of Gilead. May we not be disobedient to this heavenly vision. AMEN.
My readers know I can go on and on, I just want to give a Psalm I was given today.
Psa 107:1 O give thanks unto Jehovah; For he is good; For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.
Psa 107:2 Let the redeemed of Jehovah say so, Whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the adversary,
Psa 107:3 And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south.
Psa 107:4 They wandered in the wilderness in a desert way; They found no city of habitation.
Psa 107:5 Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them.
Psa 107:6 Then they cried unto Jehovah in their trouble, And he delivered them out of their distresses,
Psa 107:7 He led them also by a straight way, That they might go to a city of habitation.
Psa 107:8 Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his lovingkindness, And for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psa 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, And the hungry soul he filleth with good.
Psa 107:10 Such as sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Being bound in affliction and iron,
Psa 107:11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, And contemned the counsel of the Most High:
Psa 107:12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labor; They fell down, and there was none to help.
Psa 107:13 Then they cried unto Jehovah in their trouble, And he saved them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And brake their bonds in sunder.
Psa 107:15 Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his lovingkindness, And for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psa 107:16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, And cut the bars of iron in sunder.
Psa 107:17 Fools because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
Psa 107:18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of food; And they draw near unto the gates of death.
Psa 107:19 Then they cry unto Jehovah in their trouble, And he saveth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:20 He sendeth his word, and healeth them, And delivereth them from their destructions.
Psa 107:21 Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his lovingkindness, And for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psa 107:22 And let them offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare his works with singing.
Psa 107:23 They that go down to the sea in ships, That do business in great waters;
Psa 107:24 These see the works of Jehovah, And his wonders in the deep.
Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, Which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the depths: Their soul melteth away because of trouble.
Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits' end.
Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto Jehovah in their trouble, And he bringeth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, So that the waves thereof are still.
Psa 107:30 Then are they glad because they are quiet; So he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Psa 107:31 Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his lovingkindness, And for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psa 107:32 Let them exalt him also in the assembly of the people, And praise him in the seat of the elders.
Psa 107:33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, And watersprings into a thirsty ground;
Psa 107:34 A fruitful land into a salt desert, For the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
Psa 107:35 He turneth a wilderness into a pool of water, And a dry land into watersprings.
Psa 107:36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, That they may prepare a city of habitation,
Psa 107:37 And sow fields, and plant vineyards, And get them fruits of increase.
Psa 107:38 He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; And he suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
Psa 107:39 Again, they are diminished and bowed down Through oppression, trouble, and sorrow.
Psa 107:40 He poureth contempt upon princes, And causeth them to wander in the waste, where there is no way.
Psa 107:41 Yet setteth he the needy on high from affliction, And maketh him families like a flock.
Psa 107:42 The upright shall see it, and be glad; And all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
Psa 107:43 Whoso is wise will give heed to these things; And they will consider the lovingkindnesses of Jehovah.