I had rather study God’s Word, than to study the knowledge of men. I had rather use my time doing the works of God, than to use my time doing wickedness. I had rather be a fool in the eyes of the world, than to be a fool in the eyes of God. I had rather suffer for the cause of Christ, than to suffer because of evil doing. I had rather live one day doing the will of God, than to live to be 100 doing whatever I please. I had rather live in hell here on earth briefly, than to live in hell in the life to come for an eternity. I had rather lose this present world, than to lose my soul. What about you? What had you rather do?
In this life we have choices to make. We can either choose to lose this life and serve God, suffering the consequences, or we can live in pleasure for a short time and lose our eternal soul. “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mt 16:24-26). God wants us to choose Him over our parents, Him over children, Him over our spouse, yes, even Him over ourselves. Anyone who can’t do this is not worthy of Him (Lk 14;26 f; Mt 10:37). God wants us to hate this present world and to love Him (1 Jn 2:15,16).
We have to be willing to take up our cross and serve the Lord, even as Christ took up His cross obeying the will of God. Anyone who is not willing to do this cannot be a Christian (Lk 14:27). We must be willing to submit ourselves to the gospel and doctrine of Christ in order to be saved (Rom 10:8-10 ff; Mk 16:16; Acts 2:38). We must endure the contradictions of this present world, suffering for the cause of Christ, remaining faithful until the end (2 Tim 3:12 f; Rev 2:10) Anyone who tries to serve both this world and God shall be vomited up, for no man can serve both God and wealth (Rev 3:15,16 f; Mt 6:24). So, make up your mind before it is everlasting too late. Today is the accepted time. Today is the day of salvation (1 Cor 6:2).