“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Mark 8:36
People are motivated to do crazy things- to exchange their soul for greed, lust, peer pressure. Things that are acquired outside of God’s will will eventually turn to ash. “Spiritually, ashes are the remain of disobedience, rebellion, lust…and leave guilt, regret, shame, and emptiness” [adapted from Walking With God, Life Principle #16].
When you are in a struggle with a giant you may wonder why the giant or the giant’s footmen do this or that, or what motivated the circumstances, but ultimately it comes down to someone forfeiting their soul for some motivation. It doesn’t make sense because you can’t reason with crazy so trying to find sense in the nonsensical is maddening in and of itself- it drains precious resources of time and energy, and even if you learn what the motivation is/was it might still not make any sense and it certainly won’t change the situation. Do you wonder if the giant even knows he forfeited his soul? I wondered- but I realize it isn’t my concern, not any of my business, instead I need to look beyond the minutiae, and focus on God- then the veil is taken away and there is freedom. God given freedom illuminates the path.
“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
There is more freedom for a confined man who lives in union with God than for a nomad who does not know Him.
God designed us to live in union with Him- it doesn’t negate who we are, actually it defines who we are. Living without God leads to emptiness and dissatisfaction. You may gain the whole world and yet lose everything that really counts. [Adapted from Jesus Calling, Sarah Young]
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” Mark 8:37
God knows us intimately- even better than we know ourselves. He designed us for a purpose and with Him we are complete.
“Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139: 13
When we align ourselves with God we live in true freedom and our soul is secure.