Posted by: springsinthedesert | August 16, 2010

The Greatest Treasure

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”.

                     Mark 8:36

Yesterday, I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to a great preacher and he told us a very meaningful story which I would like to narrate here and lead you to a thought which has been ruling my thought from yesterday.

One day, a very wealthy and successful business man invited his close friend for dinner. After a wonderful dinner, he took his friend to his roof terrace and pointing his fingers to the east, he said, “Look my friend, all those oil mines you see is mine. I did not have any of them ten years back, but today I own them all”. His friend silently nodded. Then he took his friend to another corner of the terrace and pointed his finger to the west and added, “All those industries you see over there is mine and I did not have them ten years ago”. His friend kept silence. Then this wealthy friend turned around and pointed to all the directions and said the same thing…”All this is mine”. After all this, his close friend put his arms around this wealthy man’s shoulders and pointed his fingers towards heaven and asked one question, “What do you have in that direction…Do you own anything there?”. After few minutes of silence, he said with a heavy heart, “In my tedious efforts to store up my riches in all other directions of my life, I totally forgot about that direction and I sadly admit that I do not own anything up there.”

Mark 8:36 says “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”. Have you ever thought the depth of it? God is comparing the whole world equivalent to one soul. Forget about gaining the whole world, we in our lifetime may not be able to gain a part of it, yet whatever we posses in our lifetime is less valuable than  the worth of eternity and do we realize that? Still we struggle and thrive hard to reach the horizons of this world, while all our treasures are to be  stored up beyond that.

My dear friend, if you have missed Jesus in your lifetime, I would say, you have missed it all. We all are given the same opportunity to know about Him in our lifetime. But its our choice to decide whether we will make the best of our opportunity and live for Him.

You may not be a millionaire…You might not be famous in your lifetime…you might not have mansions to call your own and a wonderful career to be proud of. Yet if you have Jesus, you are the most richest and blessed person in this world. So in this busy lifestyle finding all the comforts of this world, don’t miss Jesus and the eternal life He is offering you. Once again…if you miss miss it all.


Rani John



  1. What an important message, Rani! And while I have Jesus, I think it’s important for me to remember what you said, how one soul is worth more than the whole world. Am I caring about others apart from Him? Do I realize how much they are worth to Jesus? Am I counting other “things” more important than the lost? Lots for me to think about and act on! God bless you, dear one! deb

  2. Rani, There is a great little book called “A Life God Rewards” by Bruce Wilkinson. I read it probably 6 or 7 years ago, but I never forgot this one illustration he had in the book.

    . This little dot is our life on earth.
    But life in eternity with Jesus looks like this:

    Why would we trade the love of anything in that little dot for joy without end? Peace, Linda

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