You can have the world. I choose…

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? Matthew 16:26

Fame. Fortune. Fun. Doing whatever you want, whenever you want. This is the message the world provides. Do this and you will be popular. Be like them and you will be accepted. Work, work, work to get a promotion. A bonus. A raise. Being rich is where real life is at, and if you suck at relationships and commitment…don’t worry-there are plenty of places you can go to look for no-strings attached, get it fast, without any real emotion involved kind of “love.”

More fame. More fortune. And all the fun you can handle.

But at what cost?

Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus

I’ve been in the world. I’ve done the things. I’ve lived that party life. The stay out late, drink to the wee hours of the morning kind of life. I’ve hurt people. Some intentionally. Some maybe not so much. I’ve been spiteful. Vindictive. Sought people and things from this world for my own gain. I’ve worked and worked for the “man,” at the expense of time with my family for all the bonuses. I have received awards, praise, but I’ve also certainly made decisions for me. Not anyone else. For me and what I thought I could gain. Who I thought would accept me. To gain or keep love. To move myself forward, forsaking the thoughts and feelings of others.

I’ve been in this world. 

You can have it. 

Because I’ve also been given the chance to choose something different from the empty promises, high life, and riches this world easily offers but cannot provide. I’ve traded in the need to be approved and loved by this world. I have traded in the hustle. The need to work, work, work for riches, awards, and things that never, ever fully satisfy. I have gained the salvation of my soul. So…

You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus

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