Lifelines: Let’s make a deal
by Bettie Marlowe
Feb 14, 2014 | 399 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A popular quiz show offered unknown prizes to costumed contestants — but they had to choose. Sometimes a person’s choice turned out great and sometimes, they got “zonked.”

The person is chosen for this particular program from the audience through preliminary monitoring of their behavior — before entering the studio — and outlandish dress.

They don’t always know the procedure of being chosen. I was chosen once to try out for “Queen for a Day” (1960) by asking for a hydraulic jack and a 10-gallon water can.

I did get to meet host Jack Bailey, a former mayor of Los Angeles. My friend asked for an accordion and actually got on the show.

And I was chosen as a contestant for another show by joking around with others in the line (I learned this later) and identifying a mystery item in a mock game, for which I received a set of Lanvin My Sin perfume. Too bad, I couldn’t stay in town for the filming.

The prizes for the “deal” show are usually pretty good. Then the exchanges come. Someone wins a nice gift — let’s say a refrigerator — then the host throws out a challenge. “Will you trade what you have for one of these curtains? There may be a car behind it, but, also acknowledges “there may be a å.”

The contestant agonizes for a few seconds, then greed and curiosity gets the best of him. “I’ll take the curtain.” And the disappointment comes. He trades his nice refrigerator for a cooler with ice. Of course, he doesn’t always lose, but it’s a chance he takes.

Satan offers his own special “deal” to anyone who will listen, but he chooses carefully how to approach his prey, noting behavior and tendencies to sin.

A person already has the clear and guaranteed promise of life through Christ’s redemption. He is assured it is true and the Word of God confirms it. But here comes the deceiver and says, “Why don’t you go for the curtain? — I’m sure you will find fun, prosperity and everything your heart desires in this world. Take a chance.”

Thinking it over, the person hesitates for a moment, but is finally overcome with “their own lust,” as James explains in James 1:14: “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”

The difference in life and a game show is when a person chooses to listen to Satan, he always loses. For a person not to choose life in Christ is the biggest loss of all.

We make many choices in life and even the small ones could turn out to be significant. We choose to get up at a certain hour; choose whether to have breakfast and what to eat; what to wear; what route to take to work or school; shall we buy this or that; what activity do I choose; who do I need to call; shall I stop for gas ... and so on.

There are times we see the need of consulting others before making a decision — sometimes spiritual, sometimes not. But when we do, we depend on their wisdom and knowledge — there is trust.

The person who has made the decision to follow Christ did so because he listened to the Holy Spirit and chose to trust God. He was not promised some unknown big gift behind a curtain, but was given certain precious promises reserved for every believer.

2 Peter 1:4: “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”