January 30, 2024
I want to talk about cheat codes but before I do, I must confess that I haven’t played video games in over 40 years. So my knowledge about this subject is limited to the original Donkey Kong, Pac Man, and Duck shoot. Also I don’t really like using the term cheat code when it comes to Jesus because He will never cheat or be deceitful but it is just an illustration.
A cheat code is generally a code, method or device used by gamers to advance levels, or to get other special powers and benefits in a video game. It could be a series of alphanumeric codes or keyboard combinations which can give the gamers an added advantage over other gamers who do not use a cheat code.
Gamers use these cheat codes to get a faster and better experience when it comes to reaching the maximum level of the game in the shortest amount of time. It is, as it says, cheating versus getting the maximum level the hard way which is earning it without any outside help or advantages. The cheat codes are a useful help to solve the challenges of the game.
As a Christian we have available to us the ultimate code to win the game of life. Every problem, challenge, fear, and worry that we encounter in the game of life, Jesus already knows the answer to solve the problem. He has the solution and will gladly share with us if we will only ask Him.
The Bible reminds us in Jeremiah 33:3 that the Lord says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Did you catch that? He already knows our needs before we ask so that when we do humble ourselves and ask – He will be our cheat code because He will share the answers to the issues with us. A key part is admitting that we can’t solve it on our own so we must humble ourselves and ask Him.
James 1:5-7 reminds us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” If we want to receive the spiritual cheat code, we have to have faith that it will work and we must obey the directions of the code in order for it to work.
If a gamer got a cheat code and it directed them to do something unusual for the code to work, they might be skeptical and not do whatever the code directed. The code wouldn’t work. The same way with us as Christians. When Jesus gives us the code that is the answer to our problems and we doubt that it will work or we can’t understand how it would work so we don’t obey – the Bible says to not expect anything from the Lord. It takes faith and obedience to win.
So humble yourself and ask Jesus for the codes to help us solve the game of life. Then if we follow these codes, we can expect to arrive at the highest level that is so great we can’t even imagine it. This level is called Heaven and there will be no cheating to get there.
In love with Jesus – Gary Mimbs