This question can be applied to many areas of our lives. We often hear of this in the context of a courtroom. When someone sues another for a large amount, but is offered less and takes it, they have settled. In the early days of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, the creator and CEO, was willing to sell. His asking price was $75 million. Chris DeWolfe, the CEO of MySpace, considered this an outrage. What is MySpace?…Exactly. In 2006, Viacom offered Facebook $750 million, followed quickly by Yahoo! who offered them $1 billion; however, Zuckerberg had raised the price to $2 billion by this time. Mark Zuckerberg never sold Facebook, and it is currently estimated to be worth at around $75 billion. He did not settle. While many of us would jump at the chance to take the first offer when we hear the word million, do we consider the potential value? Are we willing to place our faith in the unseen? Do we long for an eternity in heaven in the presence of God, or have we settled on this life here on earth?
In the first epistle of Peter in chapter 1, he expands on what it means to be holy, beginning in verse 17, he writes, “…conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” It is easier to accept that there is a better place prepared for us while enduring various trials. On the other hand, do we focus on God when life is going as planned without any hiccups? If we are honest with ourselves, when blessed to go on a vacation, is there a twinge of disappointment because we know that this place, this experience, will pale in comparison to heaven? Or, are we content with sickness and death? Do we put up with injustice and abuse? “This world is not that bad; we have everything we need right here.” 1 Peter 1:3-5 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Let’s not settle for mediocrity in which this world is limited by. God’s creation is beautiful, and He has allowed for us many pleasures to enjoy during our short stay here. However, it is only a matter of time before we are let down by this if we place our faith only in what is seen. Holding out for heaven should be our objective. Accepting anything less is a settlement. Let’s continue to examine and ask ourselves, “Have we settled?”
~ Chris Melton