For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall man give in return for his soul?

Matthew 16: 26


Most people are collectors. For many different reasons we are wired to appreciate certain things above many others, and we hold on to these prized items and also to things that relate to them with a tenacity like that of those famous mother bears. We study the object of our passion and know more about it that anyone else, and we are always delighted to share what we know with others, for their lack of knowledge equates to a deficiency in them that needs to be corrected. At least that is what we believe. Some of these collections take up a large amount of space or time, and some of them a minimal or miniature. Yet, they are things that own a place of importance in our lives that is greater than almost anything else. They are frequently the pride of our hearts and the subject that brings out real joy in our expression.


Regardless of how much value these collections may have, none of them carry that worth beyond the last breath of our life in this world. They may not even be thought of as valuable or attractive to our heirs, for their sensibilities and needs are guaranteed to be different than were ours. So, these earthly efforts seem to ultimately serve our vanities and little else. Yet, this is not really about collections or even about pride; rather, this is about passion and its focus. God desires to be the recipient of the same sort of passion that we put into collecting those earthly objects, and He wants us to seek Him with the consistency and the drive that we do anything in this world. In fact, there is no good reason for us to not do this, for no one and nothing does for us what Christ does. His presence in us changes this world into one that is infused with the glory of heaven and the wisdom of eternity.


This transformed perspective places everything in this world into a new light, and as this happens, Christ reorients our understanding of our relationships to one that sees others with the love of the Creator and that values these people with the eye of the Father. Although living as a true disciple of Christ does begin with acceptance of Him as God and submission to Him a Savior and Lord, it means much more than that, For Christ imparts to His people a new value system that holds righteousness as its only valid means of measure so that it then pours out love, justice, peacemaking, and truth as its currency. Christ’s economy is different from that of this world, and it requires sacrifice on the parts of each of us who would enter into living in the fullness of Christ. Yet, that sacrifice is one that transforms us. It remakes our thinking and the actions of our lives into ones that bring the presence of the holy into the various paths that we travel, and this makes redemption the focus of our lives and the work of our hands.