For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Matt.16:26. (ERV)
Of course, the wise ones would agree with me that you cannot have, possess or gain the whole world. Impossible.You cannot win everybody or everything at every time. And you cannot lose everything and everybody at the same time.
Without micing words, the reality of life is, you win some and lose some. However, nobody wishes to lose but its often said, ‘Nobody has lost but somebody has won’. This message will build a no-shaking mindset in you and ultimately make you a winner for life and for real. In Gen. 13:14 Abraham lost the companionship, friendship, partnership, relationship, and fellowship of a person he single-handedly raised, trained, financed, sponsored and made because, Lot separated himself from him.
Break–away is bitter. In fact, its better preached than experienced. But, if/when you lose men, people, partners, congregation, audience, members, platform, opportunities, resources, business, associates, sponsorship, contracts, contacts, customers, clients, apprentice, employers, employees, land, capital, profit, houses, cars, father, mother, wife, husband, children or any valuables like Abraham...Don’t lose focus ...and in case you lose focus don’t lose God. If father Abraham could lose somebody as good as he was to the person, it simply means no one is immune against losses.
Death can claim some. (Joshua 1:1). Some will leave deliberately with or without good or genuine reason or offense. No matter what you do to maintain the friendship, companionship or partnership some will leave... but, don’t lose focus and in case you lose focus don’t lose God.
Those who will never win: The Fearful and the Compromiser.
Fear: The fearful are losers. The fearful will definitely lose whatever he/she has. Whatever you fear to lose you may eventually lose. Whatever you love, respect, idolize and express fear so much about, you may eventually lose!
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. Job 3:25.
Nobody knew that, as Godly, upright, perfect and religious as Job was, he was still living, wining and dinning in fear (Job 1: 1-3). He feared God yet lived in fear. He feared God but no peace, or rest of mind. He feared God but mentally and psychologically troubled. He had God. He had virtually everything but was afraid of losing them. You cannot bribe God against losses with your religious activities. Job 1:5. Losing or winning is a state of mind. Prov. 4:23.