When you sit down and face someone over a game of Chess, you better have a strategy.
When you go to war playing Clash of Clans on your smartphone, you better have a plan.
Will you attack?
Are you about to be attacked?
What’s your next move?
Jesus knew all about strategy and planning when He said…
“…what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? 32 And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away.” (Luke 14:31-32)
Jesus tells us in this little story that there’s a king with 10,000 soldiers who is about to be attacked by another king with 20,000 soldiers…
Oh and by the way, you’re the king with 10,000.
What do you do? What’s your next move?
Well, hopefully you sit down and think about whether or not your army of 10,000 can beat the other king’s army of 20,000.
And if not?
You start negotiating terms of peace.
We have two options when it comes to facing God.
The first option is that we can choose to live our lives our way and do our best to take our stand against Him.
The second option is that we can seek terms of peace with Him.
Either way, we have to count the cost of our decision.
We can choose to live our lives our way, stand up against Him, and pay for it ourselves forever. Or, we can choose to follow Jesus and accept His payment for peace…no matter what it ends up costing us in this life.
We can claim ownership over our lives now and take our chances with God later. Or, we can give up everything for God now and go into eternity knowing that we’re on His side.
God wins…and we win too.
In the end, it all comes down to what we value the most.
Do we value control, our own comfort, and convenience?
Or, do we value things like sacrifice, service, and surrendering ourselves to others?
What’s your strategy when it comes to facing God?
What choice are you going to make?
It’s your move…
“If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.” (Jesus in Luke 9:24)