When the Easiest Isn’t the Best

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“By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26

“Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.” Hebrews 11:36-38

Sad, but true, that we humans tend to make decisions based on what’s comfortable and convenient, easiest and simple, secure and risk-free, or at least less risky, popular and pleasurable, safe and what will bring self-gratification and praise from others, what will be most likely to bring us advancement and success, promotion and accolades, awards and what brings happiness and makes us feel good, feel better, and is free of challenges, or too many of them anyway, of hurdles, or more than we’d like, and obstacles and what makes us sweat, labor, and wait. What’s the easiest? What looks and feels best, in the short run and the long run? That’s how we humans are prone to make our decisions, isn’t this true?

But the truth is what’s easiest isn’t always what’s best, and what’s easiest isn’t always what’s right, and what’s popular and pleasurable, comfortable and convenient, what looks good to others and makes us feel good about ourselves is not always the way to go. Not especially when we’re followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you read Hebrews 11, which describes an amazing group of Christ followers throughout time who sacrificed more than most of us can even fathom for Christ’s sake, you will see that they did NOT make their decisions based on what was easiest and all the rest of it. They lived for the Lord Jesus Christ, even at the cost of their comfort and convenience, even at the cost of what was easy and pleasurable, even at the cost of their very lives here on this earth.

But do you know what? They looked forward to literally the greatest reward in the entire universe, a reward so immeasurably unfathomably indescribably big that it was worth every single ounce of ease and comfort they sacrificed for Jesus. The Lord and a forever and ever relationship with Him!

What our flesh tells us is easiest and best is not how we need to make our decisions and base our lives. Everything on this earth is temporary anyway. What is forever is Christ, and how we should live is not based on ease and comfort, but on loving and worshiping and serving God in Christ forevermore! We are to live not according to our flesh, but by faith in Christ. Not for our flesh, but by faith for Christ!

If you’re in the throes of some big decision making, I hope you will consider this. Making a decision for Christ, as some people call it, is not a one-time decision to believe in Christ as Lord. Day by day, step by step, breath by breath, we are to choose the ways and will of the Lord for the glory of the Lord, not for the sake of ease, but for the sake of Christ Jesus who is Lord and will reign forever, Amen!

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