Would You Rather?

My husband, Chris, is a jr. high minister. Consequently, he knows tons of car games and riddles meant to keep jr. high kids occupied on road trips or while standing in line at Six Flags. If you’ve never been on a road trip with Chris, he’s quite entertaining.

Chris owns a student ministry resource that’s particularly interesting– a series of books called “Would You Rather?” These are discussion questions meant to keep groups thinking and connecting about off-the-wall, hypothetical decisions. Would you rather lose your big toe or your index finger? Would you rather have no sense of humor or no common sense? They’re goofy, they’re fun and thankfully they’re imaginary scenarios!

Sometimes the questions are more serious. Here’s my personal favorite– Would you rather spend three years planting churches with the Apostle Paul or spend 30 minutes with Jesus?

I’m a proponent of the three years of church planting with Paul. It seems like the most selfless option. I already know Christ and can’t wait to spend an eternity with him. I’m concerned about the millions of people who will never have that opportunity.

Chris (and nearly everyone else we’ve talked to) readily votes for the 30 minutes with Jesus option, based on the argument that nothing could be better than spending time with the Son of God.

But seriously folks… what greater honor is there than getting beat down for the cause of Christ? I don’t want to be a Martha, but what’s 30 minutes of personal time with Jesus if millions are separated from him forever?

This has been a humorously heated debate at many a dinner party at the Sandel house in the past. Some have all but convinced me I’m a bad person for choosing Paul over Jesus. Maybe I am. Yeeks! Glad these questions are hypothetical.

How about you? Would you rather spend three years planting churches with the Apostle Paul or spend 30 minutes with Jesus?

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