Good versus best

Sin is not always about choosing what is evil over what is good. Most of the time, it is about choosing what we think is good for us over what God thinks is best for us.

At the beginning of mankind, when Eve ate of the tree that God forbidden her and Adam to eat, it was not just about disobeying God. It was about choosing what she thought was good for her over God’s best for her:

“The snake said to the woman: ‘God knows well that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know good and evil.’
“The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it.” — Genesis 3:4-6

God’s original design for man was eternity with Him. That was His best. Yet, Adam and Eve chose what they thought was good for them and lost God’s best:

“Then the LORD God said: See! The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil! Now, what if he also reaches out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life, and eats of it and lives forever?” — Genesis 3:22

When we choose what we think is good for us over God’s best for us, more often than not, there will be consequences. Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, death entered the world.

Yet, if you have chosen what you think was good for you over God’s best for you, don’t lose hope.

When we begin to choose His best, it can bless our lives immensely it overflows to others. It can even take away the consequences of our past mistakes.

During His life here on Earth, Jesus could have chosen the easy way out. Possessing a human will, Jesus could have given up and walked away from His mission. He could have chosen what He thought was good for Him. Yet, He chose what was best for Him: to die on the cross for us.

By choosing what was God’s best for Him, He took away the consequences of the sin of Adam and Eve, especially death. Jesus also did not just attain eternal life for Himself, but also for us who believe in Him with all of ourselves — mind, body, and spirit.

Finally, choosing what is God’s best is not always easy. Many times, it requires that we let go of what we think we want now, of what we think is good for us to make space for His best.

Sometimes, we may even have to die to ourselves to choose His best for us.

“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.” — Matthew 5:29

Is there an important decision you need to make today? Don’t just think about what you want. Discern what God wants. Choose what He thinks is best for you. Even if it will not be easy.


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