Have you ever played the game called “Would You Rather?” We owned this board game several years ago, but I decided I would rather not own it.
Today while reading Matthew 18, God presented me with several thought-provoking “Would you rather” questions.
Would you rather enter life crippled or lame … or be thrown into eternal fire with both hands and feet?
Would you rather enter life with one eye … or be thrown into the hell of fire with two eyes?
These two questions led me to search the scriptures for other “would you rather” questions.
- Would you rather go to a house of mourning … or go to a house of feasting? (Ecclesiastes 7:2)
- Would you rather hear the rebuke of the wise … or hear the song of fools? (Ecclesiastes 7:5)
- Would you rather suffer for doing good … or would you rather do evil? (1 Peter 3:17)
To be totally honest, God really isn’t asking me these questions. God is telling me the answers. Every time God tells me: “It is better.” It is better. It. Is. Better.
It is better to go to the house of mourning – even if I’d rather go to the house of feasting.
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise even if I’d rather hear the song of fools.
It is better to suffer for doing good even if I would rather do evil.
Here’s a few more:
- It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. Psalm 118:8.
- It is better to have a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. Proverbs 16:19
- It is better to live in the corner of a house, or in a desert land, than to share a house with a quarrelsome or fretful woman. Proverbs 21:9, 19
God tells me that it is better to enter life with my hand or foot cut off than to be thrown into the eternal fire with both hands and feet. God tells me that it is better to enter life with one eye than to be thrown into the hell of fire with both eyes.
Do I believe Him? Or am I still playing my own game of “Would I Rather?” Maybe I need to quit playing this game of “Would you rather” and start listening to what God says is better.
- Would I rather waste my life with Facebook … or have genuine relationships with my friends and family?
- Would I rather face ridicule for telling someone about Jesus … or hide my light under a bushel?
- Would I rather pray before dinner at a restaurant and risk making someone uncomfortable … or be ashamed of my faith in Jesus?
What “would you rather” questions are you facing today?
What does God say is better?