Some humans like: Alexander the Great, builder of a world empire, Elvis Presley, King of Rock 'n' Roll, Michael Jackson, King of Pop, all have achieved great accomplishments in this world. Some humans seem to almost gain the whole world in some field or other. However, Jesus pointed out that even gaining the whole world, and if one would lose his soul in the process, then it would be of no profit at all.
Here is the reference: Matthew 16:26 (KJV) “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or whatshall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
What is the soul that Jesus is speaking about? The soul here would be, the prospect of future life. After all, even Jesus died at 33. In fact, no matter what we do or what we have, we all die sooner or later.
But how could we lose the prospect of future life? It would be by failure to make God a part of our lives. If we make the pursuit of another goal, to the neglecting of God, the central purpose of our life in this present world then we may forfeit our soul in the process..
There are of course, goals that are not compatible with trying to
Whatever other goals we might pursue, as long as they do not conflict with God’s commandments, need to be of a secondary nature, so that the principal goal will always be the doing God’s will. This way, if God is first, then whatever we might gain, be it little or much, will not result in the loss of our soul, our future life in the next world.
A wise person will realize that much that the world offers is of little value, even in this world, but a great waste of time. He will not focus on the less important things but rather focus most of his attention on the more important things, the doing of God’s will.
This way, the main focus of his life will be on gaining the approval of God and not the gaining of the world but of his soul, the future life, the everlasting life that God gives to those who obey his commandments and seek first his kingdom.