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The Biggest Stakes

I like playing games that mean something…I play to win.  Why?  Because I don’t want to lose, whether its pride, bragging rights, or something more important on the line – losing always costs something.

What are the biggest stakes that you have ever played for?  How did that make you feel?  Well consider this, the stakes in the game of life are eternal.  Everyone has probably heard John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but instead have eternal life.  Many of us approach life as just another game, but it is unlike any game – It is the real deal.  If those who believe in Jesus live eternally then those who don’t – don’t.  “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36

So here is the thing that really blows me away and bothers me – if I really believe that life has eternal consequences then why do I not play the game with all the intensity that I can to make sure that no one around me loses for eternity?  The Holy Spirit asks me, do you approach the life that you have in Jesus with the same intensity as you do trying to win those games that don’t really even matter?

God break my heart for those who have yet to believe in and receive Jesus.  So many people around us are still wandering around in darkness….if we have come to the light (Jesus -John 1:4,5) we are the light to help them come to Jesus – their eternal lives depend on knowing Jesus.

Knowing Jesus – this is the biggest stakes – eternal destinies hang in the balance…let’s live in such a way as to win.  Winning is knowing Jesus (Philippians 3:1-14) and making Him known (Matthew 28:17-20 and Acts 1:8).   God help me to live as a person who has won the eternal prize – and to share that prize with everyone you bring into my game (life).  There is more than one winner in the game of life – everyone who receives and believes in Jesus wins (forever)!

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January 8, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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