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Isn't it amazing, the world in which we live? Everyone everywhere is looking for his or her profit. You know, the old "What's in it for me" attitude? It is shocking how so much of this has found it's way into the mindset of many God-fearing people.

If we can't quite see our advantage, or we realize it may cost us just a little bit more than we are willing to give, we want nothing to do with it.

I am so glad that my Heavenly Father never viewed us this way. I'm so thankful that He never once had the attitude that mankind was not worth it.

The scripture says that God so loved that He gave (John 3:16). When it didn't look as though it were profitable, He still gave. When He realized it was going to cost Him everything, right down to the very life of His Son, He—in spite of everything—gave. That is incredible!

I'm reminded of what the Lord asked in Matthew 16:26: "What profit is there if you gain the whole world and lose eternal life? What can be compared with the value of eternal life?"

Coming from the mouth of the Master, that was and still is a very pointed question with an obvious answer. There is no profit to gain the whole world but lose your soul. Absolutely nothing can be compared with the value of eternal life.

So then, where is our profit? To answer that question, let's first of all find out where our profit is not found. Jesus said, "It is the Spirit that giveth life; the flesh profits nothing: the words which I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63).

To be consumed with a life full of fleshly desires, selfish motives, and carnal activities will profit us nothing. The Bible is very clear where our profit is found. It is simply found in living godly.
But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having the promise of the life to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear unto all.
(1 Tim. 4:7-9, 15)
There are covenant advantages that we have access to if we will live the lives God has called us to live. Godliness is profitable unto all things. "All things" are all the things that are consistent with a godly lifestyle. That means that every area of our lives will be affected by our willingness, and obedience, to live godly lives.

The direct results of godly living will be covenant rewards and blessings (Heb. 11:6).

Isaiah 1:19 says, "If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land...."

Jesus explained it in the Gospel of John. He said, "Abide in me, and abide in my words; ask what you will, and it will be done" (John 15:7).

The Word also says:
This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: And if we know that He hear us whatsoever we ask, we know we have the petitions that we desired of Him.
(1 John 5:14-15)
Anything according to His will is also according to His Word. His Word is in fact our Covenant, ratified in the Blood of Jesus.

Godliness is profitable unto all things.

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Anthony N. Wade
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Anthony N. Wade gave his life to The Lord Jesus Christ in 1973 and along with his wife, has been serving in ministry for decades.
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