I’ve heard it once said that a good decision can be the wrong decision if it’s not the best decision. We see this reality demonstrated by Christ Himself when He left Capernaum to preach to the surrounding towns.
“And when they had found him, they said to him, All men seek for thee. And he said to them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth” (Mark 1:37-38). It would have been good for Jesus to minister to the multitudes at Capernaum that were seeking Him. But Jesus knew that there were others in the next towns that needed to hear the message as well. Instead of doing that which was good, Jesus choose to do that which was best. Why? Because good is the enemy of best.
As Christ-followers living in the last days, we do not have time to be involved in doing only “good things”. Our time ought to be spent in doing the very “best things”. But how can we know the difference? It was by spending time in prayer that Jesus discerned the difference between good and best. “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mk.1:35). As we follow the example of Jesus in prayer, we too will be able discern the difference between good and best. Then we will be able to maximize the little time we have left in this world so as to make the biggest impact we can for the kingdom of God.
The Lord calls us to be good stewards over the resources, talents, time and inﬂuence that we have left in this world. The Prophet writes…
“Our time belongs to God. Every moment is His, & we are under the most solemn obligation to improve it to His glory… Life is too solemn to be absorbed in temporal & earthly matters, in a treadmill of care and anxiety for the things that are but an atom in comparison with the things of eternal interest” (Christ Object Lessons p.342-343).
It is this very principle that led us to ofﬁcially resign from our position as the Central California Conference (CCC) Evangelist this past September. After conducting over 50 evangelistic seminars in the past 11 years, in every area of the great CCC, and seeing over 1,200 precious souls baptized, we sensed a growing conviction that God was calling us, like Jesus, to “go into the next towns, that we may preach there also.” And so, after much prayer, counsel from godly mentors, providential openings, and with the blessing of CCC, we took that step of faith into the “unknown”. We stepped out of the comfort zone of a consistent monthly paycheck and great health insurance, to take the Gospel of Jesus beyond the boarders of a speciﬁc geographical location: into all the world! It wasn’t an easy decision. But it was the best decision for us. From this singular decision, the Lord has opened doors for us to preach the gospel in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Paciﬁc Islands, Australia, & many locations of the United States. By His grace, we have taken this gospel to territories that we’ve never been to, and to people who have never heard the message. God has enlarged our territory and our faith. We feel humbled & privileged to have the opportunity to share the Revelation of Hope with others. We are blessed more than we deserve and more than we realize. God has shown us that when we step out in faith, trust in His unseen hand, and seek to do His will, He will lead us in the paths of peace and righteousness. He is a faithful Father that always has the best interest of His children in mind, all the time!
It was in 1939 that King George VI gave a landmark speech of reassurance as the United Kingdom was plunged into the uncertainty of war. He said, “A new year is at hand. We cannot tell what it will bring. If it brings peace, how thankful we shall all be. If it brings us continued struggle we shall remain undaunted… I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness, & put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be better than light, and safer than a known way.’”
Perhaps today, dear reader, you are doing good things for God while the best things are being neglected. Perhaps God is calling you to step out of your comfort zone and into the growth zone. Perhaps, there is something good that needs to be surrendered so that you can receive what is best. Don’t be afraid to put your hand in the unseen hand of God! Take that step of faith into the unknown like Abraham. Put your time, talents, and resources into that which will make the greatest impact. And trust and know that if it’s God’s will, it’s His bill! He has obligated Himself to take care of us and He will never lead us astray!
By: Taj Pacleb