The Fantasy Life

““All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12 ESV

We live in a society of pure fantasy. Nothing is real. Men would rather be boys and play video games than to grow in the Lord and make good use of themselves while on this earth. Women are pressured and drawn into living the lives of the Kardashians; yet, natural beauty is within. Pictures and images are no longer real; for everything is altered, filtered and thinned. We are living in a make-believe land that applauds both fantasy and fraudulent perceptions through the visualization of media and our phones (Note: I am not referring to everyone, for that would be a fallacious statement; however, there certainly has been a cultural shift to where more and more are participating in these things that have no gain). For example: video games (depending upon which ones) are not bad in themselves; but, for many people, they have become an idol.

We would rather watch a three hour movie of the Avengers, than to watch a three hour movie on the Gospel of John. We choose to be led by that which is not real, and disregard that which is. When the life of a man or woman falls into this lifestyle, spiritual power depletes. Day by day, that which God wanted to do through the believer’s life is being saturated by mindlessness.

We are called to more than a couch. When the Holy Spirit resides in us, we have all the strength, power and beauty we need. We need to be men and women who disregard the “like” count, and check into the spiritual account. We must focus on accessing God and seeking Him, over leveling up and getting the best outfits through a video game.

Tell me: When your life is displayed before God on Judgment Day, what will you give an account for? Will He be impressed with the hours you spent leveling up? Will that be something you present to Him that you will be proud of? Will you show Him how you were able to alter yourself through electronics to entice men into lusting after you? Will you show Him how you changed the very way He made you into something that you were not? Or, will you be able to say, “Lord, I sought after Your will. Little by little You revealed it to me. God, I allowed the Holy Spirit to do His work within me. It was Him Who came and saved souls through my life. The only thing I did on my own was give You my heart, Lord. All else that was deemed good was done by Your Spirit in me”?

That is the man or woman that God will use. Though we all fall short and will have missed much in this life, we are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. When we accept Him as Lord and Savior and repent, we are able to live a life that says, “it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20 NKJV).

May we strive for holiness, righteousness and purity. May we always remember that the greatest men and women to live out their life for Christ were solely fixated on one message: Father, may “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 NIV).

Lance VanTine

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