Many times people have asked me how I can reconcile my love of computer games with a Godly life. And every time I receive this question, I always answer it in the same way:
“If a thing robs you of the Heavenly Peace which Jesus has left to each of us, then it must be cut off. If however it does not rob you, then the undue worrying abut it is more dangerous than the thing itself”.
Now if you have been coming here for a while, you probably know that I play computer games, I play them for Christ and I enjoy them. This message is not about games, but the principles can be applied to anything (including games).
The peace of the LORD Jesus Christ is one of the most important gifts which He left to us, which is why He made a point to mention it to us personally and by name before He ascended to Heaven. And if the God of the Universe – who can give us everything – calls our attention to the Peace which He is leaving us, then it must be important. Let’s read John 14:27:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Here we have these wonderful words of Jesus, and as I have said in earlier times when I have taught on this: that He also specifically mentions that He gives not as the world gives.
To understand what this means we must understand how the world gives… See, when the world gives something, it can be taken away so that that you do not have access to it anymore. Also when the world gives something it is subject to decay.
Yet the peace that Jesus has given to us is not subject to either of these things of the world. It is always available to you, and it is never worn down or run out.
Now my friends, because this gift is so very precious, and so important to both us and Jesus, you will tend to find that the enemy will often attack us in the area of our peace.
In 1st Peter 5:6-8, we are warned against the enemy who seeks out those whom he can devour:
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:”
A lot of people like to quote this verse and portray the enemy as a vicious and intimidating and powerful beast. Yet look at what it is saying here. Is the enemy a roaring lion? No, he merely goes about as a roaring lion.
Can he devour whomever he desires? No, he is seeking who he may devour.
And notice here that we are given the specification by which he is able to devour anyone. Those who do not humble themselves and who refuse to place all of their cares and worries on Christ, they then are food for the enemy. Those of us however who rest in Christ and cherish and cultivate His peace in our lives, are immune from the attacks of the enemy.
My friends, there is a reason that Christ – who has given us all things – chose to focus our attention on His peace. It is through His peace that we keep all things given by His grace. It is through our remaining in His peace that the enemy’s attempts to steal from us is nullified.
Live in His peace, enjoy the great gift which He has valued so much to give to us.