What Shall it Profit?

"What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Mark 8:36

Every man possesses an immortal soul;
that soul is of more worth than a world;
that soul is in danger of being lost;
once lost, it is lost forever.

Therefore man's first and principal business should be to secure the salvation of his own soul. Yet, men set their minds on business, or speculations, or something or other, by which they hope to get wealth--and treat the salvation of the soul as if it were a secondary, yes, a very unimportant matter!
To such, our Lord puts this most important question: Suppose you could gain the world, and call every inch of land and all the treasures of the ocean your own--but your soul is lost, and you are doomed to suffer the vengeance of eternal fire! What good would the world do for you--when banished from God, when shut out of Heaven, when shut up in Hell, among devils and damned souls?

You could not purchase one moment's ease,
you could not obtain one drop of water,
you could not buy one ray of hope.
You lost Heaven--while gaining earth.
You earned Hell--while toiling to purchase the world.
What profit have you now?

Profit!--the word is a mockery. What a loss have you sustained! What an incomparable loss! You have lost . . .

the approbation of God,
the joys of Heaven,
the songs of angels,
the company of the saints,
the presence of Jesus,
and an eternity of joy!
O what folly! what dreadful folly!

Reader! Are you guilty of it? Is your soul safe? Is it in Christ? Is it holy? Are your sins pardoned? Rest not! Rest not until your soul is safe, and safe forever! Behold, now is the accepted time! Now you may secure a saving interest in Christ, the favor of God, and a place among the Lord's holy and happy people. O delay not!

"The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!" Romans 6:23