Summary: This message will explore some of the many benefits that a person can begin enjoying immediately after trusting Christ for salvation.
Text: Matthew 16:24-27- " Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any man will come
after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever
will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find
it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall
come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man
according to his works."(KJV)
1. I am going to talk about, "The Great Payday" that is received by every individual
who is wise enough to become a follower of Jesus Christ. The activity involved in
earning a payday may not be so exciting, but receiving the payday is always a
joyous occasion for everyone. I remember as a child my Dad received his pay twice a month. And every pay day was a joyous occasion for me and all of my
brothers and sisters because we would each be given a bag of candy! Yes, there
is something exciting about being rewarded. The Christian life is an exciting
life. It really pays to be a Christian!
2. Our text was written around 80 or 90 A.D. A time of severe persecution for
the early Christians. Therefore Jesus warned his disciples of the foolishness of
pursuing a life of comfort, safety, and ease. He told them that to do so would
result in the end, their losing a new dimension in life here and eternal life in the
world to come.
3. Jesus came to give us abundant life.(John 10:10) In our text He gives us the
formula for living it and promises great rewards to those who follow Him. He is
presenting us with the greatest challenge in the world. A challenge, if accepted,
will not only yield many wonderful compensations in this life, but an abundance
of wonderful compensations in the next life.
4. It is because of the tremendous rewards that are to be gained, that I submit
to you, it is by far better to be an obedient follower of Jesus Christ, than to be
the richest person on earth without Him.
I. WHAT IS GAINED
Permit me to invert the two words; 'Lose' and ' Gain' in verse 26 of our text and
attempt to answer the question thus posed. "For what is a man profited, if he
shall lose the whole world and gain his soul?" At the top of the list of rewards we
receive when we turn from a life of sin to a life of following Christ is the fact of
What does redeemed mean? It simply means to be set free.
From what has a Christian been redeemed from? First; Christian's have been
redeemed/released from that heavy load of guilt brought on by living a sinful
(Illustration): One day someone asked an old colored fellow what he was so
happy about. The old man replied, "I has had a heavy load of guilt lifted from
my soul since da good Laud done forgive me of alls my terrible sins!" "How do
you know that the Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven you?", they asked. He -
explained; "When I's carry a hundred pound sack of potatoes on my back
and sets it down, I's know I'm not carrying it any mo." "So, I knows that da good
Laud done forgive my sins cause I's not carrying dat load no mo!"
Secondly, the follower of Christ has:
2. Power to Conquer Bad Habits
Scripture says that, "He that is in Us (Christ Jesus) is greater than he that is in
Isn't it wonderful to know that there is available, supernatural deliverance from
those health robbing, peace stealing, sorrow giving, tear producing habits that
bind us as a poor slave is bound in shackles and chains!
Thirdly, There is the awesome:
3. Assurance That We Are Members Of God's Family
Our assurance is based wholly upon the Word of God. There is one thing the
heavenly Father cannot do, that is, tell a lie. Many times throughout Scripture,
God promises that if we trust Christ as our savior, and make him the Lord of
our life, we will become one of His very precious children!
In the book of Revelation, Jesus said, " Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine
with him." (Rev. 3: 20) Jesus is waiting for your invitation. If you will only open