“OKAY, GOOD, BETTER, BEST!”

May be an image of road and text that says "Ecclesiastes 7.5 IT IS BETTER TO LISTEN TO THE REBUKE OF A WISE MAN THAN FOR ONE TO LISTEN TO THE SONG OF FOOLS. LEARNING EVER"

“Next, the devil took Him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. ‘I will give it all to You,’ he said, ‘if You will kneel down and worship me.’”
Matthew 3:8, 9 ~NLT

Compromise is the convenient acceptance of lower standards of what GOD wants. These are “Okay,” standards! The best is expected of us. We were created to accomplish greatness.

However, too many times we see the convenient way, the easy way to the end of a task and we accept it. This convenient end is not an accomplishment. It is the end of a task at a very low standard. It’s not something to be proud of. It’s not something to boast of. “As long as it is done.” we say. We accept that which is called “Good,” instead of striving for what is best.

What we should actually say, when we are tempted to accept compromise, is, “Get behind me Satan!” (Matthew 16:23)
Yes, refuse convenient options and challenge yourself to achieve greatness!

Unfortunately, we tend to accept these conveniences even before our true work calling has begun. When we lower our standards early in life, it becomes a snare to us and we try to work while at the same time trying to escape that snare.

Satan said, “I will give it all to You, if You will kneel down and worship me.”

There is always a catch to convenience! The catch is, to lower your standards, to lower your effort, to lower your work output!

He hadn’t even begun His work yet and He was already being asked to accept something much lower.

Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever accepted the lower standard, the lower quality, the lower outcome?

The result of this diminished work is a poor name–a poor reputation. “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favour rather than silver and gold.” (Proverbs 22:1)

When you commit to choosing a good name, —not compromise, you will find yourself in conflict, you may lose friends, or even disappoint your boss. But in the end, it will lead to high esteem [reverence, honour].

In the end, you will not be disappointed because you will have accomplished something worth boasting of.

On our way to accomplishing feats that are best, many times we will be required to willingly accept correction.

“It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for a man to hear the song of fools.”
Ecclesiastes 7:5

credit: Ernie McDougall

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