What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? - Matthew 16:26
There are those who place ABSOLUTE value on their life. Subsequently they strive to gain and improve life here on earth for their short 70 to 80 years. They spend their time making as much money as possible. They strive to educate themselves to the highest possible life. It is obvious where their value can be found. Life here and now is number one.
For these people the statement of Jesus in this verse 25 makes no sense to them and they proceed to ignore it. And, of course, it does sound strange. However, the eternal world where Jesus had come from and was going back to is what He is referring to. What you strive for here is not really a life gain but a cause of losing it.
Eternal purposes go far beyond any amount of money or education. Any other gain is a short deceiving gain that leaves you with nothing to offer to God when the time comes to stand before Him and offer him what you have gained in this temporary and short life. Empty hands has to be the most feared ending of your life. You can take nothing with you that you have gained through your own efforts leaving God out of your endeavors. How valuable is your life?
Be careful my friend that you do not put absolute value on your life. Lose it, and you will gain it and much more in the eternal world we are are going to.