Who is Man?

Samuel Smith


"Now godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out" (1 Timothy 6:6, 7). God has control over all things in the universe. He gave special treat to man by letting him have dominion over all things in the universe. The scripture tells us that whatever thing we do; we should do it to glorify God. In whatever way God has blessed us, we must use His blessings to glorify His name, both spiritually and physically. As children of God, we must be pleased with what God has blessed us with, and must be willing to share them so others can benefit from them as well. "In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man had all that money could procure, but he did not possess the riches that would have kept his account right with God. He had lived as if all that he possessed were his own. He had neglected the call of God and the claims of the suffering poor. But at length there comes a call which he cannot neglect. By a power which he cannot question or resist he is commanded to quit the premises of which he is no longer steward. The once-rich man is reduced to hopeless poverty. The robe of Christ's righteousness, woven in the loom of heaven, can never cover him. He who once wore the richest purple, the finest linen, is reduced to nakedness. His probation is ended. He brought nothing into the world, and he can take nothing out of it" {COL 267.1}. Christ lifted the curtain and presented this picture before priests and rulers, scribes and Pharisees. Look at it, you who are rich in this world's goods and are not rich toward God. Will you not contemplate this scene? That which is highly esteemed among men is abhorrent in the sight of God. Christ asks, "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Mark 8:36, 37" {COL 267.2}.

All the things in this world are temporal, and to trust in them, depend on them, and fight for them is like chasing the wind. It is better to lose positions in this world than to loose Jesus. All the things in this world are vanity. Indeed we all came with nothing and we shall leave with nothing, but one thing to remember is this: how shall I stand in that great day when Jesus appears the second time?

Gifty Osei Dwumah