I’m an avid Beatles fan. I remember listening to their music with my dad on our way to church every Sunday morning, as the radio played “Sunrise with the Beatles.” This morning, I was humming George Harrison’s “Within You Without You,” and thinking about the third verse
“We were talking about the love that's gone so cold
And the people who gain the world and lose their soul They don't know, they can't see, are you one of them?”
The Song is hardly Christian. In fact, it speaks more to Harrison’s Hari Krishna beliefs and influences. Yet, it also shows that even non-followers of Christ have heard Jesus’ teaching “what does it benefit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his own soul?” I read headlines and articles often about people who’ve grown up in the entertainment industry being destroyed by it, and I see what people will do to gain fame, fortune, and other things. And I also see and hear about someone rich or powerful or famous who has taken their own life, and yet had everything the world says we should want. The fact remains that people sell their souls to get what they want, and when they get it, it’s not what they bargained for.
Loved ones, there is nothing in this life that can bring satisfaction. No amount of fame, no amount of power, no amount of fortune can bring true contentedness and satisfaction. Peace and Joy and Contentment are only found when our Designer has His way with us, as He brings us back to what He created us for. When we are in the will of Christ, it doesn’t matter what we face. When we seek what He desires of us, we can face trials, tribulations, imprisonments, beatings, and the hardships of any kind, because we know He has a better plan ahead for us, whether in this life or in the next. The Joy of the Lord becomes our strength, because, unlike the world, everything He promises, not one word falls short or comes back void. So what are you placing your hope in? Are you entrusting your soul to a world that will only chew it up and spit it out, or are you entrusting it to the one who designed it?
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.