SONG: TobyMac is currently my 5-year-old son’s favorite musician. We listen mostly to K-LOVE Radio in our home and the car, so my boy is loving to “jam” to TobyMac – with great frequency and gusto. He would probably pick a different song than the one I’ve chosen this week, but he likes this one too. Lose My Soul is a collaborative effort with Mandisa (famously gracious and forgiving to Simon Cowell for criticizing her appearance on American Idol) and gospel powerhouse Kirk Franklin. This song has a catchy tune, a great mix of artists, and most importantly, a challenge to those of us walking with Christ. Oh that we would not be distracted by the deceptively alluring baubles the world dangles in front of us while we unwittingly grow spiritually impoverished.
I don’t want to gain the whole world, and lose my soul,
This is my honesty, Father, won’t you cover me.
SCRIPTURE: The scripture related to this song comes from Mark 8, when Jesus is talking to a crowd while with his disciples. He tells the throng in verse 8:34 that “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me”. With great transparency, Jesus is clear that the Christian life won’t necessarily be easy and will require sacrifice. This means giving up a pattern of thinking and living that is in conformity with the world. It means being at times uncomfortable, unpopular, and unhip as far as society goes. It also means seeking God’s will and purpose first, and not our own.
Jesus goes on to encourage us after this. He reminds us that our treasure, our reward, is not confined to this life, but spans all of the life to come. However, we have to willingly set aside our desires and seek His will.
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”
Mark 8:35-36 (NIV)
What good indeed? Time and again we see people in our own lives and in the public eye who seem to have it all, at least by appearances. Money, influence, beauty – the whole package appears so shiny and attractive. But without Christ, it is in fact gaining all the world to lose their souls. This brief life in the continuum of eternity is nothing compared to what beauty and fulfillment await those who are called by His name.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, Thank You for loving me enough to be honest and clear about what following You requires. Help me to seek to gain eternal blessings and not just things that will lose their luster over time. Help me to prioritize with the Kingdom in mind and to value people over possessions. Let my desire to please you be greater than the desire to be a people-pleaser. Let my desire to bless others be greater than my desire to get more. I trust You and thank you for Your love and plan for my life. In Your Name, AMEN.
Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.