Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 3/14/2022

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 16:26 “And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your soul in the process? Is anything worth more than your soul?”

There are so many whose only goal in life is to gain as much of the world as they possibly can. They buy into the lie that the more you get out of the world, the happier you will be. They become convinced that this life is all the life there is and so it only makes sense to go for it. Fame and fortune become their necessities in life. Live for today and don’t worry about tomorrow becomes how they live. Death is not a concept that is taken seriously as far as how it affects how they live.

Then, when their dreams are not realized, they have nothing else to live for. Life becomes a pain instead of a joy. Negativity rules the soul. Anger is not unusual. Defiance is common. For those whose only life is wrapped up in the world, they are disappointed and disillusioned. It may come early or late in life, but it does come.

Yet, everyone must somehow come to grip with their soul. No matter how much one may try to bury it, no one can go through life without dealing with it. What happens after death? Can it be true that there is eternal life? If so, where do I fit into it? Will I go to heaven when I die? Is there any criteria I have to meet in order to get there? If I don’t make it to heaven, then what? Is there really a hell that awaits me? Really, is gaining all I can from this life worth the risk of losing my soul? What if there is a heaven and hell?

Whether we want to or not, we must think about these things. Waiting until you die to find out if it is all true or not is not a good idea. If it is all true, which I know it is, then if you have not lived so that you are ready to die, you will go to hell. Life is not about gaining what the world has to offer; it’s about living in Christ so that when you die you will go to heaven and not hell.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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