“And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” (Matthew 21:16) I don’t know why I find it shocking how much God uses my little girl to illustrate spiritual truths to me and bring them to the forefront of my mind. This was the case yesterday; she was trying to think of some games we could play.
“Deadman. Do you know this game?” I replied, “Yes, I know this game.” Then came the question, “Do you play it with your friends?” I of course respond, “No, I don’t play it with my friends.” Then she proceeds to give me her best rendition of the deadman game while the Holy Spirit decides to go ahead and pull me aside for the lesson.
If anyone is reading this that doesn’t know, Deadman is a game where you simply pretend to be dead and see who can stay that way the longest. Some people call it graveyard and have different ways to play, pretty basic. The Lord started to deal with my heart, “Are you sure you don’t play this game with your friends?”
Are we not new creatures in Christ? Do we not walk contrary to the ways of the world? Is our God not living inside of us? Does the sermon on a Sunday not inspire us to live differently? How often though do we turn right around and stifle those inclinations? We better stick God back in our pocket. He might not be received very well in our company we are in here in the public square.
I’m talking about our face to face relations with friends, family, and co-workers. Do we share the gospel when we feel the prompting to? If we don’t partake in certain activities that we once did, what reason do you give? I know plenty of health benefits for not doing some things I used to do, but I stopped doing them for eternal health. Does God get the glory of our story? Or are we just people making some good decisions to avoid less moral activities in our life so that we are health or because it is just good common sense to do?
Don’t play Deadman through the week and wait for a Sunday or your fellow believers to be around before you want to acknowledge God. Give Him the glory, give Him the credit all the time. I imagine our Lord like me with my daughter just shakes His head at what goons we are the whole time we’re playing this little game.