GLMX #271: Pokémon Go and the Transience of (Almost) Everything
If you’ve listened to the media lately, you might think that the only thing people do for recreation nowadays is play Pokémon Go — the augmented reality game in which players capture virtual cartoon creatures in the real world. Over 100 million people have downloaded the app, and nearly everyone — from business owners and politicians to churches and police departments — are trying to cash in on the game’s popularity. Unfortunately, the game craze is so addictive that some people have been injured and involved in car accidents by not paying attention to their surroundings while playing.
Is the mania surrounding Pokemon Go here to stay? Don’t count on it. Remember when it seemed like everybody was dancing to Gangnam Style, doing the Harlem Shake, or taking the Ice Bucket Challenge? For a while, it seems like people can’t get enough of whatever the latest craze is. But, eventually, interest fades, and it’s almost as if nothing ever happened. Who knows? Maybe selfies and emojis will be out-dated one day.
The coming and going of viral crazes reminds us of the transience of life. It seems as though everything in this world eventually fades, becoming less and less tangible as it recedes into the past. Even human beings, the pinnacle of God’s creation, eventually die. The Bible says in First John 2:17, “The world passeth away, and the lust thereof…” Our lives are even described as a “vapor that is here for a little while and then passes away.”
The transience of the world is why the Bible tells us to “love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” Why love and lean on something or someone that will eventually be gone?
Very little in this world lasts forever. The rest of 1 John 2:17 tells us of one of those things. It says, “he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” If it is true that the world passes away, then what happens to those who do the will of God? If they abide forever, where do they go? Those who do the will of God go to abide with God in Heaven forever. God is eternal and everlasting. His Heaven is eternal as well. You have an eternal soul — your body will die, but you will still exist. And it is up to you to determine where you will make your eternal home.
If you do the will of God, you can live with God in Heaven forever. However, if you don’t do the will of God, you will live apart from God in Hell — a place of torment and suffering — forever.
So, what is the will of God? John 6:29 says, “This is the will of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” God sent Jesus Christ to live a perfect life on earth and to die on the cross for the sins of the world. It is only through Him that we can live forever with God in Heaven. Believing in Jesus is the will of God for your life.
If you have not trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!