A Whole New World
For He raised us up from the dead with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united in Christ Jesus, – Ephesians 2:7
I took my little boy to see Wreck-it-Ralph 2 last night. I saw so many spiritual applications in that movie. But this morning, I’d like to talk about one of them. Ralph, in the first movie and the first part of the second movie, was confined to the arcade. He could bounce back and forth only between the limited number of games at Litwak’s Family Fun Center. When Litwak’s brought in the latest game in part 2, it was connected to Wi-Fi; hence there was access to the Internet. The world that opened up to Ralph and Vanellope was like nothing they’d ever seen before. They realized there was so much more than their simple existence.
It is so easy to stay confined here in Earth’s “arcade.” We play the same games over and over. We have games called Work, Family, Pleasure, Leisure, Entertainment . . . so many people are constantly playing the same games over and over, day after day. Yet, there is this one game called “God.” When you play it, it is connected to the Internet. It takes you places you never thought possible to go. It takes you to heavenly realms.
There are tons and tons of books in this world that we can read. Yet, there is only one that is connected to the Internet . . . the Bible. It opens up a world that you didn’t even know existed. This book reveals the game that you play too much in this life and just how futile it is. You think you are reading it, but it turns out that it is reading you. It is constantly showing you the smallness of the arcade that you live in and brings you up to where God is.
This past week, I have visited the heavenly realms like no other week. It has totally restored the joy that I have in Him. It has made me so aware of everyone who is stuck in their own little arcade with their own little selection of games that they have played for years and years now. Oh, if they could only be introduced to Him! If only their eyes could be opened to this whole new world!
Lord, it is amazing how stuck I can get for weeks at a time. I go through the motions. I go for such a long time and I haven’t really connected with You. I have so little joy apart from you. I look around me and the people around me have so little joy. People get so bored playing the same life games over and over yet they play them over and over and never unplug. People get critical of others who don’t play these vain, pointless games as well as they do. One day very soon all the games are going to be unplugged. When that happens, it will be too late. So many will realize that they wasted their existence. So many will realize that they were dead all along and You were offering to raise them up the entire time and take them to heavenly realms. Wake us who know you up. Fill us with your Holy Spirit that the world might see that we are plugged in somewhere not-of-this world and want what we have. I was dead. You have made me alive! Do it for others, Lord! Let me never take You for granted. Send revival to our land, Lord.
Hallelujah, Thine the glory!
Hallelujah, Thine the glory!
Revive us again!