Matthew 16:2
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

You’ve just been invited to a party by the most popular upper classmen in school where the alcohol is going to flow endlessly like a river, drug use will be rampant, and your crush has already asked to sleep with you after the party. You now have a choice. Will you go to this party to do the “popular” thing and sacrifice your morals or will you sit it out and do something else fun instead? How many times have we been faced with these decisions, and how many times have we given in to our selfish desires and ignored God’s?

We spend so much time building our own little world focused on “What can make me feel good?” or “What will make me more popular?” We suffer and bring harm to ourselves to protect our little world while ignoring God’s big and perfect picture. We need a perspective change. We need to turn our eyes and hearts to Jesus and then watch as our old desires start to fade away. Paul says in Philippians 3:8, “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.”

Garbage. What a strong word. Paul compares all the momentary desires of his life to trash. It’s time to put aside your little kingdom and embrace the infinitely better kingdom of God.

QUESTION 1. What do you desire most? to be popular? to have the coolest car? the most money?
QUESTION 2. How much time do you spend a week focused on helping and loving others? How much time do you spend focused on God?
CHALLENGE: Lay aside your little kingdom and join in the kingdom of God. You’ve been invited; all you have to do is say yes
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