The Pursuit


The Spirtuality of Nintendo

You may not remember the old Nintendo Entertainment System, but I grew up
playing Super Mario and Metal Gear (before it was Solid) on that old gray box.
The best part about the NES was the little button to the right of the power
button. It was called the “RESET” button. If you got stuck and couldn’t get out
of the game, you could reach down and hit “reset” and BOOM you were right back
at the beginning.

That button is remarkably like your life. When you asked Jesus into your
heart Jesus hit the RESET button in your soul. You got the once in a lifetime
opportunity to begin again. Don’t believe me? Check out your Bible.

Open up to Ephesians 4:22-24.
Read those verses a few times.

The “new self” you see there is the RESET button. Your old life has been
erased. God no longer remembers your sins, failures, or past. All of that junk
was put on Jesus and you get to begin again.

So, what does that mean for today? It means you can get rid of the guilt of
your past. It means you can leave your house today knowing that the God of the
universe no longer remembers your past or counts your old dumb choices against
you. You are free!

Now you are probably thinking “I don’t feel free.” I still remember those
things I did and so does everyone else. Here’s the truth, everyone has a past,
but you now have a future that is different from your past. Jesus has entered
your life and your past does not have to define you anymore. You will show other
people this as your life changes because of your faith in Jesus. It is not an
instantaneous change, but it will happen. Stick with it!

Take a few minutes and read Ephesians
one more time. Then take some time to pray. Thank God for setting
you free from your past. Thank Him for sending Jesus to take all your sin. Ask
God to give you the strength to begin again.