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Saving the Best for Last (published in The North Weld Herald 1/7/10)

posted Sep 7, 2013, 1:15 PM by Fccea Webmaster
A man decided to sell his racehorse, Irving, even though the horse had won several races. He's too much of a ham, the owner told a prospective buyer. He thinks he's an actor. He sneers at other horses when he wins, and last week in a photo finish he turned his head so the camera could get his good side.

"I don't care if he wants to be an actor," said the buyer. "Ill take him anyway. Here's your money."

With that, the seller led the buyer to the stable. "Irving," he said, "this is your new owner. Now, you ham, get up and do your lame impression."

We do live in a world where a lot of empty promises get made, do we not? Well, consider this.

The first act of Jesus' ministry was turning water to wine at a wedding in Cana. When one VIP guest had tasted that new wine, he commented to the bridegroom, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now" (John 2:10).

Why did John choose to record this particular event? I think he wanted to use a simple incident in the life of Christ to call attention to a universal truth. That truth is this: take anything apart from God and the trend is downward; it is "worse" which always follows. On the other hand, whenever God is involved, the best is always kept till the end.

We see this in nature. The generally carefree, happy, robust days of youth soon give way to the responsibilities and anxieties of middle-age, which in turn end in the frailties, disabilities and miseries of old age and death. The trend is always downward.

The dream career is achieved, but its beginning hid the anxiety, the time, the personality conflicts, the stabs in the back, and the inability to advance that now render it less than satisfactory.

The new relationship promised paradise, but the idiosyncrasies, the personality quirks, the selfishness, the illness, the differences in perspective now make it something less than promised.

Sin promised much. The joy of the affair would make up for any inconvenience. But now the joy is long gone replaced by a broken home, a shattered reputation, and the loss of treasured relationships. Sin is always so fair and pleasant at the outset, but it hides its afterword -- an afterword which is never fair nor pleasant.

But that's where Christ comes in. Whereas the world's tomorrow is always worse than today, tomorrow with Christ, for everyone who trusts Him, is always brighter and better than yesterday. It's just one more way that his supremacy over all things is demonstrated.

David said it this way, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever" (Psalm 23:6). Imagine being dogged by God's goodness and mercy all the way through the vicissitudes of this life and then to arrive in the house of the Lord forever. God is in the business of saving the best for last.

So, don't buy any lame racehorses. Save the best for last and find a beginning and middle that's pretty good too! Trust Christ. Invite Him to every event of your life -- and beyond. The best for last -- a best that lasts and lasts and lasts and lasts and . . . .

By His Grace, Pastor Dave