Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Living With Integrity”. It is 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”
When the sun rose that morning, Daniel and his fellow mountaineers were on the verge of their life’s greatest achievement. After days of arduous climbing, they were now only three hours from the summit of Mount Everest. But their character was about to be tested in a way they could have never anticipated.
Twenty-eight-thousand feet up, Daniel and his companions stumbled upon a man named Lincoln Hall. He was hallucinating and deathly ill from altitude sickness and hypothermia. He’d been sitting alone in sub-zero temperatures for twelve hours after his fellow climbers left him for dead. Now, Daniel and his teammates had to choose: abandon their life’s goal or abandon the man.
What would you do?
Reading this story from a place of comfort, the answer might seem obvious. But right and wrong can easily get blurred when everything you’ve worked for is at stake. It’s a powerful reminder that doing the right thing comes at a price.
That’s why a successful marriage is no accident. It’ll probably require you to sacrifice some of your personal ambitions. Or if you’re a parent, you may have to pass up a career goal or cut back on your busy schedule to be present in your kids’ lives. It’s a choice that has always faced God’s people because it drills down and exposes our true priorities: Do what pleases you, or do what pleases the Lord?
That day on the mountain, Daniel counted the cost and did the right thing. He sacrificed greatly to benefit someone else. Creating the family you’ve dreamed about may require you to do the same thing.
I think most of us know by now that fame and fortune will not make you happy. They cannot replace God or Jesus. Too often we see celebrities that hit it big either overdose on drugs or commit suicide (Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman). There is no point to selling out. All you are is the king of a two foot ladder. Why? God is so much higher and it doesn’t require selling out to the world for temporary riches that will only temporarily make you happy.