Life Is Not A Game. Don’t Follow The Rules, Surrender To The Ruler

Have you ever heard the phrases such as,“Life is a game?” or “Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.” These phrases have a sense of wisdom to them. They are fun to use. If you’re like me, you gravitate towards them because they help you make sense of circumstances and situations you face.

I have used these types of phrases in my own coffee shop discussions. They roll easily off my tongue. My buddy across the table agrees with a shrug of his or her shoulders and then we both take another sip of coffee as we contemplate the depth of this renewed rich wisdom. However, there is no metaphor, no simile that does life justice. Life is not a game. Life is a gift.

In the Old Testament collection of Scriptures, the only revelation known to mankind about the creation of the world was, “In the beginning God created…” (Genesis 1:1ff.) For thousands of years this God who created everything revealed His nature and reputation through the Jewish race. They were given a set of commandments to follow, a system of religion to practice and the promise that God would bless them if they did and a promise to curse them if they did not. These commandments, laws and system of religion was a gift given by this God to foreshadow the beauty of One that was to come. This gift was “Relationship 1.0” that revealed life is not a game guided by a system of rules but rather the call to a relationship desperately needed by the world He had created. A relationship that could not be attained by following rules, or a system of religion. And when the One man, named Jesus, arrived he demanded the attention of the world. He brought the gift of “Relationship 2.0,” His arrival revealed that Jesus was that creator (Colossians 1:17-18). That He is the giver and benefactor of the gift of life. But it didn’t just end there, He revealed himself as the supreme RULER (King) over everything!

Jesus proceeded to be a disruption, a much NEEDED disruption. He approached life with zeal. He gave men, women and children value. He touched the sick and the dead. He chose not to kill the sexually immoral. He healed them, sobered them up and called them to life that overflowed. He wouldn’t follow a list of rules and interpretations imposed by people that treated life as a game and other people as valueless. He brought relationship to people and sought relationships with them. He came to reveal true life to them. He had two commandments, 1.) Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. 2.) Love people as yourself. Two commandments that He followed flawlessly.

The most important decision we can make in regard to the gift of life is how we will respond to the benefactor who gave it. We were given this life for a reason. It was not given so we could treat it as a game governed by a system of laws, rules, rewards and punishments. Life was given for us to enjoy a relationship with the Creator and join Him in His word to redeem others created by Him. We love Him, by loving those created in His image. We don’t love God through rules. We love God by honoring His gift of relationship, with Him and one another.

Stop following the rules!

Surrender to the ruler!