Profit and Loss
1. Don’t Let Earthly Blessings Fool You, They May Actually Be a Hindrance to Salvation! (Matthew 19:23-24; John 7:24, John 9:1-2; Matthew 8:18-22)
John 7:24, Stop judging according to outward appearances; rather judge according to righteous judgment.
John 9:1-2, As he was passing by, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Matthew 8:18-22, When Jesus saw a large crowd, around him, he gave the order to go to the other side of the sea. A scribe approached him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus told him, “Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” “Lord,” another of his disciples said, “first let me go bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
2. Salvation is Impossible, Unless You Know God! (Matthew 19:26; Romans 8:3-4; John 17:3, John 14:6-7)
Romans 8:3-4, What the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
John 17:3, This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent—Jesus Christ.
John 14:6-7, Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
3. The Blessings that Matter Most are Yet to Come! (Matthew 19:27-30, Colossians 3:23-25)
Colossians 3:23-25, Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.