“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
A person’s life is temporary, unless one’s soul belongs to Christ. In Christ we are given eternal life. When our earthly body dies, then our soul that belongs to Christ is given the reward of eternal life. Those whose souls do not belong to Christ are sentenced to eternal damnation, which is the opposite of eternal life.
Yet, many before Christ and after Christ have sought to conquer the world. Nations have risen and fallen. Empires have come and gone. The history books are full of those who sought earthly riches and power.
...three hundred years after Jesus’ death, a Roman commander would be given a vision that would change the world for Christ. ......The next day, Constantine’s army overwhelmingly defeated the army of Maxentius.
With Constantine as the new Emperor, Roman persecution against the Christians was ended. Constantine banned all crucifixions and made Christianity the state religion for the Roman Empire. The Roman roads that had been used to conquer the world were now used to bring the good news of Christ to all peoples throughout the Roman Empire.
Little did the Roman commander, Constantine, know on that evening so long ago when he chose to go forth into battle in the name of Christ that his decision would change the world.
...What matters to the Lord God is how we choose to use our gifts for Him. We can use our gifts for our own gain or we can use them to help make this world a better place in the name of Christ.
As St. Peter wrote in his first letter, "ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF…” On the other hand, those who choose to live for Christ will shine like the stars in heaven for such will be the brightness of their lives on earth to those who walk in darkness. Let us choose Christ and be bearers of His Light for all to see. Then the world can be conquered for Christ, one heart at a time.