“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”
What’s your favorite way to relax and escape? You probably watch a few favorite TV shows. Maybe you love surfing the web, or playing game aps on your phone. Perhaps you do all three at the same time!
We have loads of ways to occupy our thoughts—plenty of false realities to choose from. On TV dating shows, it’s perfectly acceptable to date several people at once. On competitive reality shows like Survivor, lying is just “part of the game.” People air their grievances online without thinking about the wisdom of their words. Games promise satisfaction if we can just get to the next level.
All of these things are smokescreens, illusions distracting us from an ultimate reality that’s infinitely more exciting and fulfilling:
We are children of God in a battle for souls.
While we’re looking down at our phones, the real people around us are choosing their eternal destination—one way or the other.
Entertainment isn’t bad in and of itself, but it can skew our perception of the truth and distract us from our real purpose. We need to make sure that we’ve got our feet planted firmly in the real world—the ultimate reality of God’s truth.
You may notice my anti-tech self coming out a bit here. I’m not a fan of cell phones… or perhaps I’m not a fan of how everyone seems to be madly tapping away at them when they could be engaging with the people beside them, or even looking at where they’re pointing their motor vehicles. (In fact, my eldest recently laughed as he told me about one of his “phone zombie” classmates walking straight into a pole, and I’m guessing his rather callous attitude toward the zombie may be my fault.) But I’m certainly not immune to the siren song of relaxing distraction.
True, being online has never been a temptation for me. TV is just an evening’s entertainment while I crochet or do another craft. What temps me: books. If I’m not careful, I find myself escaping into those exciting stories while I should be sleeping, or even interacting with my husband and kids.
We’ve got to watch this kind of behavior! This is a huge part of “organizing you”—deciding how you’re going to live intentionally for Jesus. How many minutes a day do you spend in one of these virtual realities? Truly, stop and do some quick math right now. Does that number match your image of yourself as a child of the Living God?
Take the Challenge:
Next time you find yourself wanting to relax and escape into a form of entertainment, try relaxing into a conversation with Jesus. Or escape by reading the Bible and picturing yourself in the thick of the story.
And know that you’re in the thick of God’s continuing story, right now!
“Give the Bible the honor due it every day you live.
Whatever you read, read that first.”
How do you escape from virtual realities?
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