Lose My Soul, A Devotional from Michelle Hanna’s Reflections of God’s Grace

This morning on my drive in to work, “Lose My Soul” by TobyMac played on the radio. This song has been on the air since 2007, so I’ve heard it and sung along many, many times before. It’s one of those “driving songs”—you know, the ones that have such a good beat that you put the pedal to the metal … (So maybe it doesn’t take a good beat for me to do that, but you know what I mean.) Today in the middle of that song, in the midst of my singing and jamming (and speeding), I felt tears rolling down my cheeks, and I thought, “Lord, where are those coming from on this song?” It’s because that song is the cry of my heart, “I don’t want to gain the whole world and lose my soul.” I don’t want to become so focused on my other pursuits and passions in life (my career, my hobbies, my friends and family) that I lose sight of the most important thing in my life—my relationship with God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. My relationship with Him should be first and foremost in my life, and then He will bless those other areas and people that are important to me. He will bless me on my job and help me to excel. He will bless my relationships with my friends and family. He will also give me the desires of my heart. Today my prayer, and I hope it is yours as well, is that my focus will be on Him, that I will seek His will for my life in all things, and that I will more earnestly strive to be more like Christ every day.

Lord, forgive us when we get consumed By things of this world,
That fight for our love, and our passion,
As our eyes are open wide and on you,
Grant us the privilege of your world view
And may your kingdom be
What wakes us up, and lays us down.
I don’t want to gain the whole world and lose
my soul.
– Words by TobyMac

But if from thence, thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. (Deuteronomy 4:29)

Delight thyself also in the LORD, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto Him and he shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:4–5)

For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36)

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