Playing for Keeps

How frequently it is lamented that life is complicated. The intonation of life and its complications is a repeated theme among many people. To avoid those complications some have adopted a ‘liberated’ mindset that seeks complete enjoyment with limited responsibility until death. It is a mindset built on the fallacy that after death there is no life. However, a reading of R.C. Sproul prompted me to consider life’s complexities deeper when he noted something; he indicated that life is never so complicated as when we realize the game is being played for keeps.

How much more serious is life when we consider the consequences of our present decisions? I am not simply talking about how the actions we take today might affect future generations, as serious as that may be. Instead I am referring to how the consequences come out in the way they affect eternity.

For those who place a saving faith in Christ, life takes on a new level of seriousness. This does not meant that it is without fun. It also does not signify a constant mindset towards the future that causes us to not stumble in mistakes. However, the purpose changes which affects every activity we take from that point forward. Furthermore there is a new and perfect joy found in the forgiveness of God through Christ that allows one to not live with the burden of mistakes.

What about those who do not place a saving faith in Christ? We should be filled with remorse over this outlook. Studies show that most people believe that something comes after death. However a look at society certainly reveals that the majority don’t understand what. In this view life loses all sense of meaning because it comes with no understanding.

The reality is that all of us have been there at some point in our lives, because there was a point in time in which we were believers. I can think of my own life. It was not until I was 19 that I allowed Christ to take over my life and I can look back at those first 19 years, at least the parts that I remember, and think what a waste it was. It was a time I did not understand that life is for keeps.

Knowing then that this life is for keeps, we must ask ourselves the following questions:

1)      How does that understanding change our view on life?

2)      What impact does that view have on the way in which we live our lives?

3)      Does it transform our view of those without Christ? If so, how?

In a life for keeps, our endeavors are not really our endeavors at all; they are steps taken for the glory of God through the life he has gifted us.