“What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Matthew 16:26)
“Happy New Year!” How often have we heard this wish expressed recently! Maybe we have also wished others all the best for the coming year. It sometimes amounts to a superficial, meaningless formula that we say without thinking. There was a time when people wished each other God’s blessing at this time. Now we say, “All the best!” Do we realize that we have wished the impossible? No one can get all that is good, let alone the best.
Α new year does nothing to change our worries and trials. Today’s verse makes one thing clear, even if anyone achieved all that he strives for, e.g. wealth or success in his career and in society, that wουld not automatically make everything good. Most people overlook what is essential: the needs of our soul.
The Bible tells of a man who lived in this delusion. After his death, he had to bear this judgment on him: “Thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things” (Luke 16:25). He had enjoyed his life to the full without ever considering eternity. The result was: he could expect no further good in the life beyond. On the contrary, he was doomed to be in torment for eternity.
Our good wish for all our readers is that this year might be the year of salvation for them, the year in which, they receive the Lord Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour. This assurance really is “all the best”!