This week we start a brand new series. I’ve heard about how much fun your kids had this Sunday at our Fall Free For All! And just like tC Kids went all in on games and fun, so did we in our worship service.
This series is all about the games we play. We all have an End Game in mind when we start playing. The End Game of Mike Tyson’s Punch Out? That’s easy – punch out Mike Tyson! The End Game of Call of Valor? Rescue the hostages and take out the terrorists. Simple. The End Game of Frogger? Cross the street. Easier said than done.
But in life, we all have an end game. Something we want out of life, when we put our last quarter in, when we move through the game board. What’s your end game? What do you want to get out of life? And what mistakes, miscues, and misjudgments are you making that keeps you from it?
Did you know there are two others who have an end game in mind for you? The devil and Jesus both want you to play the game of life in such a way that you finish with their End Game.
In John 10:10 Jesus says, “The thief’s end game is to steal and kill and destroy. My end game is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
So, over the next few weeks we’re going to talk about games we play. And in order to live out Jesus’ end game and not the devil’s, these are the games you need to end. You need to hit restart, you need to shut it down, you need to say “Game Over!” to these games that are no fun and have no reward.
Next week, we tackle the “Blame Game.” Are you facing consequences and circumstances that you just can’t seem to get over? It’s easy to find someone else to blame. In fact, eventually we blame God! But when we play the Blame Game, no one wins. Come back next week to find out how we End the Blame Game.
The week after, we go after the “Shame Game.” The devil’s main weapon is accusation. He will whisper in your ear that what you’ve done is unchangeable and unforgiveable. That because of your past, your future is in doubt. But Jesus has another plan for you. He took all of our shame on the cross so that we can live our lives with a great future. The next time the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of your future.
Then, we’re going to take on the “Same Game.” That’s what we’re calling the comparison game. So often we look at our friends, family, neighbors – anyone! – and think, “Man, I wish I had what they had.” When we play the comparison game, no one wins. It’s a dead end. Instead, we need to find our identity in Christ and trust the grace he put in us.
I want you to be praying these next few weeks about what you need to say “Game Over” to. What’s your end game? What do you want out of life, and what’s keeping you from living an abundant life? We’re going all out so you can go all in and win!