6/9/20 Ezra’s Discussion: Good vs Best

What decisions do you make regularly?

What decisions do you have coming up?

How do you choose between the options that you have?

Which decisions are the easiest to make?

Which decisions are the hardest to decide?

Do you feel you have too many decisions to make, or not enough?

Do other people make decisions for you? How?

“Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected,
“Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. ” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied.
“It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
-John 12:1-8 (NIV)

Jesus is not denying that it is good to give to the poor, but He is acknowledging that the opportunity to honor Him is soon to pass, so she did the best thing at that time. For those who believe, sometimes the Holy Spirit gives us a hint about what the best thing is, and it doesn’t always make sense to others that don’t share your priorities or beliefs.

Have you had a decision between two good things? What helped you decide which was the best thing to do?


-Ezra Engle