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MORE OF CHRIST Dr. Joseph Stowell
 
“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:36-37
 
Jesus calls us to be “rich toward God: (Luke 12:21), but in a world obsessed with acquiring more, we are prone to live for the riches of our present world. Our concerns are intensified by mounting stacks of bills and the shrinking balance in our checkbook. Yet Paul teaches us that “godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6 KJV). To watch our lives you would think he had said that godliness with gain would make us content.
 
It’s easy to see ourselves in Luke 12:13. As the crowd moved along with Jesus, a man who no doubt had strained to catch Jesus’ attention catches Christ’s eyes and blurts out, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

Imagine having the opportunity to talk to Christ. You might expect that this man would have chosen some serious theme to probe the depths of Christ’s claims. He could have talked with the Savior about deep realities of life and eternity. He could have asked Jesus to bless his frail humanity. Instead, he asked for wealth–for his piece of the pie. He is Exhibit A of how easy it is to be obsessed with consumption.
Jesus’ answer was honest and profound: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (v. 15). Jesus said the same thing in Mark 8:36-37: “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”
There is something far more important than the more of this world: It is more of Jesus Christ. In Him alone we find true wealth and full contentment. The focus of our contentment needs to be our confidence in Christ, that He is aware of and will supply our needs, and that if we have Him, we have enough.
 
Do you treasure Jesus and His gifts more than earthly gain? How does it show in your life?