This game is great fun. Here’s the lowdown: You are in your house, happily minding your own business, and some zombies want to break in and EAT YOUR BRAINS. The only thing standing between that happening is whatever plants you choose to grow in your garden. So, really there are two choices:
1) Stop playing, put the game down and take your chances. Zombies may never eat your brains in real life, but then again if they tried you have no defence…OR
2) Grow the mightiest plant army ever known, and blast those pesky zombies back to wherever they came from!
It’s an easy game to pick up and I reckon all ages could get into it. And it got me thinking…
Ephesians chapter 2 verses 1-2 says: As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world…
It was written to a group of Christians, who had chosen to follow Jesus. They were reminded that they used to be ‘dead’ in their sins but no longer were. Many of us don’t like the word ‘sin’ and don’t like thinking that we ever do wrong. Granted, some of us live better lives, do more good etc. than others, but the bottom line is we all do wrong. Jesus even said that even thinking something wrong is bad, which doesn’t give us much of a chance! So the Bible says that, without Jesus we are effectively like the walking dead – like zombies! We may not want to eat people’s brains but we are missing out on something, even if we do our best to be good people.
So we’ve all done wrong and we all do wrong. Where is the hope here? How do we stop being ‘dead in our sins’? The answer is getting to know Jesus, for he is the one who came to bring us life in all its fullness (John 10:10). Going back to Ephesians 2 can explain this: 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Grace is often translated as God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. This is because Jesus was killed on a cross, even though he had never done wrong, and he chose to die in this way. He who never sinned effectively became sin for us, so that the barrier that sin creates between us and God may be broken and we can know him. Being a Christian is not about being a good person (because ‘good’ is always subjective) but it’s about having a relationship with God because of Jesus. It’s about this word ‘grace’. We don’t deserve it, but we are offered it. God wants to rescue us, and plant something great in us that will last forever. Faith, hope, love, life – and more. It’s all ours if we make the choice to follow him.
If we say sorry to God for messing up (because we’ve all done that) and ask Jesus into our lives to show us how to follow him, we move from being a zombie to being a plant. We move from death to life.
So, to be a zombie or a plant? The choice is mine and the choice is yours.