Have you ever noticed that it’s impossible to fall down if you are already on the ground. It is impossible to go bankrupt if you have no substance. It is also impossible to lose life if you are already dead. Fact is, you have to have something in order to lose something. All are given life and all will lose life. Question is, do we lose this life voluntarily or must it be taken from us?
Jesus’ life was not taken from him. According to his own account, he laid down his life freely. Jn 10:17,18 The servant is not above his Master. Mt 10:24 As such, before we leave this present life, Jesus demands all who should be saved to lay down their life freely through their obedience to the gospel of Christ. Notice the words of Paul, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Rom 6:1-4
Christians are commanded to lose this life in order to gain eternal life. Jesus said to his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mt 16:24-26
Those who have died to their sins by baptism and continue to walk in the ways of the Savior, i.e., they have taken up their cross and followed in the paths of Christ, shall not lose their life in hell once they die in the flesh. No! Once a faithful Christian dies in the flesh, they obtain eternal life. This is the VICTORY all the saints shall claim through Christ Jesus come the day of judgment. 1 Cor 15:57
The exact same opposite is true for the sinner. They live a riotous life here on earth and win this present world. Some gain the whole world while most gain the portion of the world they love the most. Yes, they are happy in this present life. In Jesus description of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man died and lifted up his eyes in hell. Abraham told him that in his life he received good things, but now he is tormented. Lazarus received evil things in life, and now he is comforted. Lk 16:19-31 Take note, both men were given their portion in life because of their actions in life. If Lazarus had disobeyed God, he would not have received evil here on earth. If the rich man had obeyed God, he would not have received his riches here on earth. In other words, we can’t have our cake and eat it too.
Wake up world, the wicked have control of the world’s money and substance. According to Forbes Magazine (January 23, 2014), “The wealth of the one percent richest people in the world amounts to $110 trillion. That’s 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population. The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people in the world. In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.”
The more you make, the less another person can obtain. There is not an infinite amount of wealth in the world. Therefore, we are commanded not to seek to become rich. Prov 23:4 If we are rich we are commanded to give back to the poor. Riches are the consolation of the rich. Lk 6:24 The rich have the expectation of hell and damnation. James said of the rich, “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth (Armies). You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.” James 5:1-6
Don’t be fooled by the world. If we gain the world, even the whole world, it profits us nothing. If we are greedy to take more than we need, we are stealing from the poor. Therefore, let us be content with shelter over our heads, clothes on our back and food in our belly. 1 Tim 6:8-10 Let us not lay up treasure here on earth, but rather let us lay up treasures in heaven. For where our treasure is, there will be our hearts. Mt 6:19-21 It is our heart that God requires from each of us. We must love God will ALL of our HEART. Lk 10:27 He that loves this present world (lust of the eye, lust of the flesh and the pride of life) the love of the Father is not in him. 1 Jn 2:15,16 Therefore, let us seek first the kingdom of heaven, and all our worldly needs shall be added unto us. Mt 6:33