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Friday, September 25, 2015

Motives...

Playing Monopoly with my daughter when she was 5 was alot of fun (for me anyway), but it was also very eye opening especially when she said,

“Daddy, how come you keep saying you’re winning? I’ve been counting, and I’ve been around the board more times than you have.” I said “what?” and she went on to explain to me her assumption (she didn’t use that word) of the rules of the game.

I was stunned! She was comparing the rules from her vast Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders and Sorry, experience to the rules of Monopoly. In essence she believed that whoever goes around the board the most times wins! UH, WRONG PHILOSOPHY!

I stopped my hostile takeover for a second and thought about a guy in scripture who thought his system would work in the system Jesus was talking about.


The rich Young Ruler in Luke 18 came to Jesus assuming he would “win the game” with Him because of what he had going for him. He was Rich, so he had resources. He was young so he had potential. He was a ruler, so he had power. He was a good guy who was working from the assumption that says “If I’m good enough, I can get into Heaven.”

Jesus meets him head on though with the real rules to the game. He challenges his motive, his heart, and his priorities. The real rules to the Jesus game are to love God and love others out of sheer worship and thankfulness for the free gift of salvation that comes through faith in Christ alone.

The Rich Young Ruler came close, but not close enough, because he was playing the game with faulty assumptions.

One thing that I love about Jesus in this encounter is that He tells the guy what the real deal is, he doesn’t candy coat it, he doesn’t say “Oh that’s ok you’ve been good so you’re in.” No He tells it like it is, and gives the guy an opportunity to change his operating system, but he decides to walk away, and keep playing the game by his own rules. How tragic!

Well, after my daughter made her comment, and I had my little flash back moment we continued to play Monopoly.

I cleaned her out of every dollar she had (my son was done a long time earlier, as he was more interested in sliding down the stairs on his head or something), and at the end of the game, I explained the real rules of Monopoly to my daughter.

My motives were terrible during the game, I was ruthless, competitive, and greedy knowing all along that my competitors didn’t fully understand the right way to play.

I am so glad that God doesn’t play that way! The Why behind the what for Him has our best interest at heart, in fact He has gone out of His way to make sure we not only know about the way…

He SENT us THE WAY!

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