Tuesday’s Torch 547
July 30, 2019
Good, better or best? Seems like a no brainer, right? A lot of us are at different places on this journey of life and in our Christianity. We all have our own set of circumstances and challenges. But I understand that to an extent, doing a weekly devotional like this is often times what is considered “Preaching to the choir!”. Lets face it. There are certain people who will read this type of thing or search it out and watch it on YouTube.
So I’m going to gear this message tonight towards those who are striving to live righteously and doing a pretty decent job of things. I’m not saying any of us are perfect or that we can let down our guard, it’s quite the opposite.
Let’s take a look at the adversary. Satans primary goal and purpose is to lead us away from God, to lead us away from Christ and to lead us as far as possible away from anything good, better or best. He has a lot of really wicked ways and devices with which to ensnare us? The world is full of enticing things. Plenty of evil things. But what happens when you can’t be reached with the evils of the world? Does he give up? Oh no. Never.
He moves to the next battle he hopes to win. If he sees us on the path to what is best, he will try his hardest to pull us down a step or two. We may see something as a good thing, but when there is something better or when the best is available, Satan does not want us to strive for that. He convinces us that we need to settle. That we need to just accept that what would be best is no longer an option. That we have already messed up too badly or made too many mistakes. And then he can convince us that good is good enough. And then maybe shift us down to being accepting of average, that’s the “everyone is doing it” mentality. As followers of Christ we are not to be average. We are not to give less than our best efforts nor are we to strive for less than the best and most righteous desires!
But Satan keeps attacking and gradually we are willing to accept less and less, we become complacent and rather than seek out and strive for best, we accept anywhere from ok or good, and sometimes when all is said and done we are stuck somewhere far different than our righteous goals would have led us.
Some may ask me, so isn’t good, well good? And I say yes, it is. But let’s put it into a comparison. Let’s say you really enjoy listening to Christian music? You do it everyday. That’s an amazing thing to do. But when it’s a time that you’ve set aside to study the scriptures, is listening to that music still good? Yeah. But wouldn’t it be better to go ahead and crack open those scriptures and read the word of God directly? And what if you’re reading your scriptures and someone asks what you’re doing? You could respond, “just reading” and abruptly get back to it. Is reading the scriptures still good, and still better at that point in time than simply listening to uplifting music? Yeah. But would taking the time to discuss what you are reading, why you are reading it and sharing what the gospel of Jesus Christ means to you be best? Absolutely!
Satan would love for us to stay caught in the good of listening, or the better of reading, than for us to get to the level of discussing and teaching and spreading the message of love and hope offered by a knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Good, better and best situations can cover so many aspects of our life. People can lose sight of seeking best when they accept less as good enough. Or the most they can hope for? Or sometimes we can get caught up in the lie that we deserve less because of past mistakes or current challenges. Get your life right and strive for the best. Don’t let Satan tell you that you’re not good enough or that you’re not worth it. We have discussed in prior weeks that you are worth it and that you are good enough! For best. Not just good. Not just slightly better, but absolutely best! That requires effort and dedication and obedience to the laws and commandments of God. And when we start living like that, that is what Satan is scared of. He will stop at nothing to prevent us from getting to that point. So he will either put stumbling blocks in our path or just lull us to sleep as we focus on all these good things and give up on the better and best.
Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Satan is out here giving good things. I’m simply saying he will cause us to lose sight of the things of eternal importance over things that are of significantly less rewarding.
It is my challenge for each of us, myself included that we seek righteousness. Psalms 4:5 says “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.” As we strive to righteously seek out and obtain what is truly best and of eternal value, we will be blessed. And remember that straight is the gate and narrow the way. Always choose what is right. Trust God and live righteously! I share this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!
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