Today’s Scripture: But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. Philippians 3:7‑8

There’s fine dining, and then there’s dining at a Brazilian steakhouse. If you have never had the pleasure of dining there, let me tell you — there is nothing like it. Meals are served with an assortment of sizzling meats brought out on metal skewers. Diners can fill their plates with the finest cuts of filet mignon, bacon-wrapped chicken, lamb, and beef medallions. Of course, there is a gourmet salad bar for the health-conscious — but once the first skewer of meat comes out of the kitchen, you won’t want to settle for anything less.

The gauchos, or waiters, at the steakhouse will gladly serve you the premium meats, but they would rather see you fill up on the items in the salad bar so you don’t take advantage of the better food to come. When you do, their profit margin increases because the salad bar costs them much less than the meat.

This is what the devil does when he tempts with the cares of this world. He would have you believe that by pursuing earthly pleasures, you will experience peace and satisfaction. He whispers, “Go ahead and have it your way now while you’re young, you can always confess your sins and get serious about serving Christ later.” If you are foolish enough to buy into his lies, his profit margin will increase — while your profitability for Christ decreases. Each day, you must choose between waiting for the better things God has coming or the immediate — and empty — fleshly gratification the Devil offers.

As you begin a new week, you are one decision away from either a life of fulfillment and blessing or one of emptiness. I hope you will make the right choice. If you think the pleasures of this world have anything to offer, remember there are better things to come.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.