Many years ago we had a computer video game which was an adventure game. In this game, you had to take a King through a series of adventures until finally he conquered all the evil villains, found a princess locked in a tower, freed her from her prison, kissed her, proposed to her, and married her.
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We took turns playing the game and watched each other play as we found the hidden tricks to conquering the bad guys and unlocking each new piece of the puzzle.
The game was created so that you could make the King do whatever you wanted him to do, but if he didn't respond appropriately to the situations, or make the best choice in the situation, the next sequence in the game would not be unlocked. Every aspect of the game, from the first clue to the final kiss was inside the game already when we first opened it up, but it was up to us to make the right choices so our King could reach his destination.
I guess somewhere along the way, we lacked one little piece of our puzzle. We did indeed conquer the bad guys and we found the Princess in the tower. We could even kiss her and propose to her, but we couldn't get her to leave the tower for the wedding. Over and over we tried, but we were never able to get her out of that tower.
In our lives, we are presented with choices and decisions to be made. The Lord has already given us "all things that pertain unto life and godliness," (2 Peter 2:13) so we already have everything we will ever need for our Christian life. In fact, the Scriptures tell us we are "complete in Him," (Colossians 2:10) so that we lack for nothing on our own "King's Quest."
It is up to us, by faith and submission to Him, to respond to what the Lord has already given us to walk out our Christian life in "righteousness and true holiness," (Ephesians 4:24.) We will experience, however, the consequences of our choices, "For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live, " (Romans 8:13.)
May we each walk in such a way that we do not reach the end of our lives regretting the lost opportunities of walking in the Spirit. May we have the sort of life whereby we can be assured of "getting the Princess out of the tower" at the end of the game.
"Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning.
If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you,
ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father."
I John 2:24
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