What Does It Profit A Man?
Christ came to show us the way – the way to holiness and union of heart, mind and will with God.
He did not come to show us the way of lust and greed – getting everything possible on earth and loosing the Soul.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? – Mark 8:36
Christ warns us of the dangers of vanity, chasing the wind and chasing shadows. It will only lead to one thing – heart break and sorrow on earth or in Hell. Christ means business and His business is saving souls. He was not interested in pampering his listeners and tickling their ears with fantasy and tales. He told the hard, bitter truth in Mathew 5: 48, ” Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Our God is a God of blessing, but He does not encourage greed to the detriment of the soul. If we fall in line and seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all other things will be added to us but if we reverse the order and seek Mammon, we will definitely fall and may even wander off.
It is simply useless to man to greedily acquire the world and forsake His soul.