DAY 294 OF 365 IN 2021
IS THERE ANY TANGIBLE VALUE?
Romans 6:21 So what benefit did you then reap from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death
Many feasible studies and cost estimates aim to find the merits of a particular project or idea. What do we stand to gain if A is done or B is adopted? Often, unless these things are quantified and made measurable, we may find ourselves on a train heading nowhere and with no targets to aim towards.
Saint Paul uses a similar analogy in writing to the Romans and to us when he asks us ‘having given your members over to sin, what fruits did you receive as a result?’ In other words, what were the gains from those actions? What value did you attain?
A look at a few scriptures should give us a better idea: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whosoever believes in Him, might not die but have eternal life” – Gain the son, gain life. In another place, ‘anyone who has left everything to follow me will receive it back a hundred times over in this life and in the age to come, eternal life – lose all and gain it back with extras. Or as with the Apostles, receive the Holy Spirit, and receive power – another gain. All those actions came with valuable gains.
What then shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul? The gains here were offset by the losses. Thus, one must consider what there is to be gained with every action or decision. We need to ponder on what value every relationship, every encounter and every action brings into our lives because only then, will their worth become evident.