Often we find ourselves in a dilemma. You have two options: do what the world says you should do, or do what God says. It should be obvious, right? But sometimes the influence the world has over us is so strong that we question this thing we should be sure about. We think, “Hey, maybe the world is right this time!” When comparing whether the world or God is right, the answer is always God.
Really, we know that doing what God says is the right choice. Technically, we always know. But it can still be a tough choice. Read this verse:
“Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 8:20.
Now, I realize this sounds pretty harsh. I mean, just because we don’t do what God says, we’ll be destroyed?!!?! But think about it. This was before Christ came and payed the debt for our sins. We deserve to be destroyed, but Jesus came and was destroyed instead–the ultimate price (read Matthew 26:28). Now we are exempt from what we deserve if we accept God’s saving love. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be punished. God can reprimand us in different ways for different things. But that’s getting a bit off subject.
Now, when we think about it, we’re going to have an eternity in Heaven. Eternity…our minds can’t imagine how long that is, and even what we can imagine seems impossible to us. So really, our lives are just a few seconds in what’s coming. Is worth dis-obeying God now? Obey Him, and you will earn rewards in Heaven (God reprimands and rewards! Isn’t that awesome?!). Isn’t it worth not following the crowd for a while?