On occasion, people will ask me if I golf. On those occasions I usually answer, “I do golf, but I’m not a golfer.” Rarely, after people hear my answer will they ask me to golf with them. Those who take the risk to invite me to play a round will soon wonder if I understand the goal of the game.
Imagine playing golf your entire life under the mistaken belief that the object of the game is to have the highest score. Instead of going straight for the hole, you simply have fun hitting the ball anywhere. You wonder why some people think the game is so difficult; you must be exceptionally good at it, as hitting the ball away from the hole comes so naturally to you. Then one day you discover that the object of the game is opposite of what you’d always thought. Confused, embarrassed and with an overwhelming sense of having wasted so much of your time, you gaze back at your life in futility. You can’t go back and start over. It’s too late to redeem the experience.
That’s what it will be like when those who pursued temporary pleasure at the expense of lasting treasures see the true picture. They will realize that the goal of life wasn’t to get as much out of it as possible but to put as much into it as possible. They will be confronted with the fact that they spent their entire lives going after the wrong goals.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)
In that context, it makes sense that those who endure persecution while hanging on to the goal of righteousness – an unrivaled desire for God that is founded on rightness, justice, goodness, and truth – will inherit The Kingdom. They saw the true picture and hung on to it, even when it cost them dearly. They dismissed their pain and humiliation in order to cling to lasting treasures. They played the game right.
Standards in The Kingdom culture aren’t the same as the standards of a fallen world. Everything Is Measured Differently. The goal isn’t to reject as much temporary pain as possible in order to experience as much temporary pleasure as possible. It’s to reach out for the true prize, whatever it costs. Yes, Kingdom people become easy targets in that scenario. But we are blessed. Yes, we are truly blessed. We fit The Kingdom culture perfectly and that makes God smile.
Have a truly winning weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who know the rules of living and experiencing life to the fullest. They know the cost, but they know even more the reward, and it’s worth it!
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)