“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26 KJV).
In the corporate world, the profit and loss statement is reviewed often to make sure the company is on target and that adjustments are made properly. I only wish the same amount of diligence was given to our souls. According to this Bible verse, the soul is the most valuable asset we have. When was the last time you looked at your own spiritual profit and loss statement from God’s perspective?
Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to make sure that I am laying up treasures in Heaven. The whole world is of no value if I lose my soul.
“He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor” (Proverbs 11:27)
Most people want to be good people who live good lives. But being good doesn’t just happen, you have to make it happen. It is a daily choice to make good decisions that will reap good results in your life.
To be diligent is characterized by steadfast, heartfelt and energetic effort. Day in and day out you are making right decisions, keeping a right spirit, and doing what is pleasing in the sight of the Lord. Your diligence in doing good will bring God’s favor upon your life. Hebrews 11:6 reiterates this fact, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Prayer: Lord, help me to diligently seek for good in all that I do and say. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight. I want to procure your favor upon my life. I want to gain the reward that comes from diligently seeking you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Devotion by Beth Dillon