Profit and Loss
Posted on May 29, 2019 by America's Keswick in Freedom Fighters
“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” — John 6:27
In the “Dog eat Dog” world “to the Victor belong the Spoils.” It’s all about “Profit and Loss” and the wisdom to foresee the difference. To be able to have the advantage of knowing your investment is going to pay a dividend.
In the Spiritual world the Christian has to decide between walking according to the Spirit (profit) and walking according to the flesh (loss). In John chapter 6 Jesus seems to be doing an object lesson on what’s profitable and what’s a loss. He feeds them bread and fish and then when they come back for more but He offers Himself instead. The heart of a man walking according to the flesh will always desire the things of the flesh and they leave wanting.
Our decisions will determine whether we will be profitable or unprofitable. We have the word of God and the Spirit of God to direct us in the ways of God. On the other hand we have the “body of death” (flesh) that although is dead, it’s a way of life that seems to be too easily accepted based on familiarity and becomes a viable resource. Towards the end of chapter 6 Jesus gives advice that we should all take heed to, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” The flesh is the necessary evil that houses the Spirit of God, like a vehicle it is controlled by the driver. Our job is to make sure that Jesus is at the wheel.
Our verse for the summer at Keswick is Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” The part, “The life which I now live in the flesh” is a reality that the tent is still needed but for transportation only. It will cry out to be nurtured and attended to but the daily deed of putting it to death is essential. It’s a nonliving object that must be kept in check, if works for God it will be profitable but, if it works for itself it will suffer loss.
The Christian life is never a systematic function but when it comes to our actions we are either walking according to the Spirit or walking according to the flesh, the choice is yours. So, it’s really a matter of “Profit and Loss” Amen!
Written By Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, and serves with her as full time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at email@example.com.
Think About This: “It comes to my having the mind of God, do I want to be like Christ in everything? If born of God, I have power to overcome all that is not of God, and to walk according to God.” – G.V. Wigram
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. – Psalm 145:1-3
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