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13 Letters, 2 Words, 1 Complete Sentence.

I’ve got five minutes to convince you of one thing. Altogether, it’s 13 letters, 3 words, 1 complete sentence. And I hope you never forget it. In fact I hope it haunts you. I hope you always remember these 13 letters, these three words, and this 1 complete sentence.
Jesus is better. You say… Better than what? I say… Better than everything else.

He’s better than any passing dream you might be chasing after.
He’s better than any  worldly ambition that may have captured your devotion.
He’s better than anything that could distract you from doing what you were created to do.
Jesus is better.

He’s better than a six-figure salary.
He’s better than a three-story home.
He’s better than a trophy wife, a job promotion, and a Caribbean cruise.
Jesus is better.

He’s better than a starting position on the football team.
He’s better than a lead roll in the spring musical.
He’s better than a 4.0 GPA,a collage scholarship, and a nomination to homecoming court.
Jesus is better.

He’s better that money, cars, clothes, sex, entertainment, achievement, and popularity.
He’s better than anything this world can offer you.
Jesus is better.

He’s better than any person that has ever walked this earth.
He’s wiser than Gandhi and smarter than Einstein.
He’s more holy than Mohammad and more spiritual than Buddha.
He’s more eloquent than Shakespeare and more creative than Mozart.
He’s more powerful than Napoleon and more compassionate than Mother Theresa.
Jesus is better.

The Bible says He’s better than Adam, better than Abraham, better than Moses, David and Mary.
He’s better than angels, better than the demons, better than any priest, prophet or saint.
Jesus is better.

And there will be times when it’s hard to believe: times when it doesn’t feel like Jesus is better.
The world will hate you.
Your flesh will fight you.
And the devil will lie to you.
Storms… will… come.
You’re gonna face disappointment, deception, betrayal, rejection, regret, sickness and death.
You’re gonna feel tired, empty, broken-hearted, scared and alone.
But don’t forget in the darkness what you learned in the light.
Jesus is better.

He’s the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
He is the Prince of Peace and the light of the world.
He is the friend of sinners and the enemy of Satan.
He is the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
He is the way and the truth and the life.
Jesus is better.

And if you really, truly believe it, it’s gonna cost you.
You’re gonna deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him.
You’re gonna help the poor, swallow your pride, and love your enemies.
You’re gonna read your Bible when you’d rather watch TV.
You’re gonna pray when you’d rather sleep.
You’re gonna serve when you’d rather be served.
You’re gonna speak up when you’d rather be silent.
But when it’s all said and done, you won’t regret it.
You’ll say, “It was worth it.”
Jesus is better.

“I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ…”
Jesus is better.

So my hope for you isn’t that your safe, successful, and well-liked.
Sometimes those are the very things that get in the way you learning the one thing you can’t afford to ignore: that Jesus is better.

So if being unsafe, unsuccessful, un-liked is what it’s going to take for you to see that Jesus is better. Then I’ll pray that your life filled with danger, failure, and persecution. Whatever it takes, I want you to know that Jesus is better.

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