Win at all costs! An expression that we heard often in the 1990’s and it seems to be making a come back. Last week I wrote about what Millennials want in the workplace and we learned that their generation is looking at the big picture – corporate responsibility that is socially conscious. Yes, this is the generation where “everyone got a trophy” but they do understand that: together we conquer, divided we fall. What happens when we give up everything to “win”?
How aggressive do you play to win? Do nice guys really finish last? If we all look into our pasts, chances are good that we will see times when it appears that or perhaps we actually did; forfeit our souls to get ahead. What is worth trading your soul for? The riches of the world are very appealing: new cars, bigger houses, a boat, jewelry and the like. These are the material things of this world that we are reminded, throughout the bible, not to pay attention to but to keep our focus on God. Be careful of the circumstances that don’t feel right but you can’t understand why. The warning is from your soul telling you not to give part of it away.
Matthew 16:26 “What good will it be for a man if he gains the world yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”
We need to be living according to God’s word. What can a man give in exchange for his soul? We may gain much in this life but if we do little with it, we will be very disappointed with our results. We are assured by John in the second part of verse 3:16 “for whoever believes in him will have eternal life”. We can rest assured that God will keep his promises to us.
What obligation do you have to God? We should be willing to be faithful servants to Him and we can do that by putting our beliefs into action. Leading like a good Christian; with truth, ethics, nobility and God as your guiding force is a good place to start. Oftentimes, it is always “just one more time” for us – one more time to bend the numbers and I’ll have the next promotion or one more time to gossip about a co-worker and I’ll get the best assignment or one more time to under report my income and I’ll have enough money. Today, if you’re still focused on the gains of this world, turn away from what you’re doing, turn away from what you’ve done and live your life as if your soul depends on it, it just might!