Let’s play “would you rather” today. So here it is: Would you rather have a million dollars for the next month of your life, but then, after that month, it would be gone and you would live in poverty, hunger, lack, for the rest of your days? Or would you rather have all the wealth you would ever need or want, but have to wait for it until you are old? But when you finally get it, you would be guaranteed to live many, many years after that.
“Would you rather” is merely a little game, but as we’re playing this game, think about the choice you would make. You can have the immediate blessing for a very short time, or you can choose to wait for a huge blessing which will extend for a very long time.
So, which did you select?
Now let’s play “would you rather” for real.
Would you rather enjoy all the pleasures of this would, seeking after wealth, exploring every enjoyment known to man, living for yourself to please every fleshly desire? You could maybe do that for 100 years, if you live that long. But then remember that at the end of that hundred years, you would have chosen hell for eternity.
Or would you rather live your life here for the Lord and for others, allowing God to use your life as a witness for Him to friends and family? Perhaps you might have to do without some things here but at the end of the time, heaven would be your reward. You could then live in absolute peace and joy, never wanting for anything. And your life would be one of absolute bliss in the presence of our Lord for eternity.
Today we’re going to look at the choice of wanting immediate pleasure in our lives. Let’s see what the Bible says. “People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish. This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. They are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.” Psalm 49:12-14
God does not play “would you rather” with us, but He does give us a choice. Love the Lord and have eternity with Him, or love ourselves and have eternity without Him.
Lord, I want to know You and live for You. I want my life to be what You want it to be. I choose to live forever with You.