There’s no such thing as the game of life. Despite the “wisdom” of the common bumper sticker, he who dies with the most toys does not win. Life is not winning or losing, it is living or dying. A spiritual war is waging all around us every day. Meanwhile, we go about our lives as if we have all the time in the world and that the most important thing we have to do is find pleasure or entertainment.
We’ve got to wake up and recognize life is serious. Life is not just fun and games, and we must wage war against the spiritual forces around us. Every day, we must choose to serve Christ or to serve Satan. In our modern culture, we take life so casually that we don’t understand how serious things are. When we meet Christ face to face, we will understand how wrong we have been.
God created us to worship and serve Him. Instead, we spend our days in search of entertainment, pleasure, and comfort. While a war rages around us, all we can think about is a bigger house, a nicer car, and more money. We are so shallow, which is exactly how the devil wants us. Satan knows if he can keep our focus off of what is eternal and only on what is temporary, we can do nothing to hurt him. So long as we are playing Satan’s game, we are useless to God. Is that the way you want to live your life?
The war around us is spiritual, but we’re content to only dwell on the physical. We place the greatest importance on the things that don’t matter while trivializing the matters of eternal consequence. We don’t sin and ignore what’s really happening because we don’t know any better, but because we are too lazy to care.
Satan has fooled us into believing this life is all about us. We want to be happy, healthy, and safe. As long as we have those things, we’re content. We just want to live out our days as happily and with as much pleasure as possible. What we forget is this life is short. It will end. And when it does, we will face our Creator and Judge. What will we say to Him? We will have to account for how we lived and why we refused to engage in the battle. Every one of us will be accountable for our actions.
The game of life is no game at all. It is a war. The apostle Paul did not admonish us to play the game of life well, but to fight the good fight (1 Timothy 6:12). Don’t be lured by the comforts and pleasures of this life. Remember, you cannot love the things of this world and love God (1 John 2:15). You must decide which you will choose. If you decide to reject God, then get all you can in this life, but in the end, you will lose it all. You will lose your life. This is not a game we find ourselves in the midst of, but a war. Sober up and recognize the truth you already know. No more selfish and foolish pursuits. The battle is at hand and we must be strong and courageous, live differently, and join the fight for the souls of all mankind.