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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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A Wise Trader

"Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will receive eternal life" (Gal.6:7-8).

The question Jesus asked about what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul still resonates with us today. It would seem that its a rhetorical question involving what someone would give in trade for eternal life. Yesterday we looked at some bad trades and today will be related. In trades, a person gives one thing up in exchange for another. The bartering system has been with us forever, as man has traded goods for goods, or goods for money. There is actually no escape from such exchanges as we gain one thing at the loss of something else. Here's the deal.... We just don't get to have everything! If I want to have a Milky Way candy bar, I must plop the proper amount of money on the counter to purchase it. The clerk won't give it to me because I'm such a cool guy, so to experience the pleasure of eating that wonderful sweet snack, I must give up about a dollar. The lesson? Jesus' question powerfully teaches that man cannot have everything. As we see in today's verses, one cannot sow to his or her sinful nature and expect to reap eternal life. The psalmist figured it out in the 1st Psalm... "Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous." (Vs.4-5) To cap it off... "For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish" (Vs.6). As we take a look at my title today, just what constitutes a wise trader... Lets go to God's Word and look at one of Jesus' short parables... "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field" (Matt.13:44-45). The wise trader is one who gives up everything for the kingdom. Lets all be wise traders...

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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