Lutheran Home Association Blog

Day 23 of Lent: Purpose

Posted on Tue, Apr 02, 2019

valley-2706166_1920If you are like most human beings, there are likely certain other human beings that you would prefer not to be around.  In other words there are probably certain people who constantly seem to get under your skin or you and they just don’t seem to get along at all.  Do you realize what can happen if you let that attitude go too far?  If that is how we let things in our lives play out, we might find ourselves seeming to have accomplished a whole lot, but have no one to share it with.  That is the height of arrogance, but also ends up being the depths of loneliness.

As Christians we sometimes need to be reminded that every single human being is someone whom God created and put here on the earth for a purpose, even if I can’t see or understand that purpose.

Those thoughts and more are what Jesus speaks about in our verse for today.  “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?” (Matthew 16:26).

For a moment, take those words and put them in a much wider spiritual significance.  What if you were to gain everything on this earth, but because you were so bothered by everyone, you had no one to share your gains with?  Or even worse, what if you were so consumed with chasing some earthly thing or goal that you completely forgot about your spiritual life and ended up losing out on heaven?  I think we can all probably picture someone who seems to be on that path.

In short, don’t give up on people, they are all God’s creation.  And yes, this side of heaven in a sinful world, we will not all get along.   But remember each one of those people, including you, has a soul and that is much more valuable than anything on earth.

People. Jesus loves them all so much that he died for them so they could live forever with him in heaven.  Don’t give up on them.  Jesus never does.

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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