What Is Best

“I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus because of the word of God. they had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4)

Yesterday, we talked about those who will deny the mark of the beast and will choose Jesus during the tribulation. For these people, they are giving up the comfort of their present for a much better future. For those who deny Jesus, it is the exact opposite. They do not have to face the torture and destruction of the demons in the present, but they will face much worse in the long run.

They will face the wrath and judgment of Almighty God. Meanwhile, those who gave their life to Jesus, and will be killed for it, will find themselves coming to life and reigning with Christ for a thousand years. Three and a half years of comfort or 1,000 years in heaven? It seems like an easy decision; how could anyone not choose the 1,000 years? Well, because they are afraid of what comes right after. They want what is good now, not what is best.

This is how many people make decisions now. The decisions that will be made in the end times are not unique to those individuals, but are a pattern of how the world makes decisions now. Instead of waiting for the soulmate God has prepared for us, we mess around with multiple partners along the way. Instead of dealing with the pain head on, we want to escape it with the bottle or pill, because it feels good “now.”

If you use true wisdom, you will find that sacrificing what you want in the moment, especially when it is not in your best interest long term, will ultimately lead you to what you want most and what is BEST for you. God wants to give you what is best. He doesn’t desire to give you just good or “that will do.” Everything He has planned for you is the very best. But to receive what is best, we have to be willing to sacrifice what is “good” in the moment. It takes discipline, but you will never regret it!
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