Playing Games


“And the Lord said, ‘To what then shall I liken the men of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying: ‘We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not weep.’ For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ ‘The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’” – Luke 7:31-34

Jesus here is talking to a mixed multitude of people. There were disciples and there were religious leaders who did not accept Him as Savior. Knowing this, Jesus used an illustration to describe that generation. He basically tells them they are playing children’s games with salvation. John the Baptist came to them one way and they would not listen. Jesus has now comes to them in another way and they still would not listen and repent.

I think our current generation is much the same way. Think about it! Do you know someone in your life who looks for an excuse not to believe in Jesus? They always point to something negative about a Christian and say, “see, that’s why I don’t believe!” Or maybe they see a believer fail and say something like, “I knew it, all Christian’s are just like that!” All they are doing is playing games with their eternity. It does not matter what you say or do, they will always use an excuse. Why? Because they are blinded by sin.

This world is more fun to them and they cannot see beyond here and now. But if they could truly see the difference between eternal peace and eternal torment, do you think they would continue playing games?

Who in your life does this describe? Are you praying for them? And what are you praying? Are you praying they will be changed so your life will be better or are you praying for their eternal salvation? Pray God opens their eyes.


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