I want you to imagine that your life is a reality game show. This game lasts your entire life and it will not be finished until you take your last breath. The whole premise of this game is that people are watching your life seeing what choices you make, where you go, what you do – essentially who you are and who you become. Depending on the choices you made, this will determine if you win the 10 million dollars that will be passed on to your loved ones. The catch, you are unaware, you are oblivious to it, and that is by design.
If you knew you were on a game show, you would behave as to win, wouldn’t you? You would carefully evaluate your decisions and choices, within your life, to ensure that they lead to the outcome you desire.
Think of the movie The Truman Show. Truman was completely unaware that his life was a spectacle for everyone to watch. They cheered him on and watched his life unfold everyday. Then one day, Truman started to realize that there had to be more. As he explored the possibility of “more”, everyone cheered him on even more.
In reality, this isn’t how our life works. You aren’t on a game show and neither am I. Your life is your life, your choices are your choices; but whether you believe it or not, after you are gone, those choices do have an impact on your life and those you love.
We aren’t on a game show, no, but the reality of winning or losing is still very tangible. To just succeed in this life is not our ultimate goal. Our goal is to live a life of virtue and truth with the intent of letting the one who created us shine in and through us. If we can live a life this way, we are guaranteed a prize worth more than any thing this world could offer – a life of eternity with our creator, forever worshiping Him in a new Heaven and Earth where there is no pain, suffering, hurt, rejection, or fear [Revelation 21:4-7].
If the Lord tarries, and you die before His return, be encouraged as well. You will enjoy this prize, but also know, those you leave behind will have a legacy to hold on to. If you live your life always looking forward, [Philippians 3:12-14], you will leave a lasting legacy that will resound through generations and establish a lineage of finishers!
As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. – II Timothy 4:6-8