Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Everyday Evangelism-August 25, 2009-Yoville
"Life has many choices. Eternity has only 2." "God is uncreated. He never had a beginning and has always been in existence." "150,000 people die every day. Where do they go?" and "Are you good enough for heaven? How good do you have to be?" What do these statements have in common? They are the quotes that I use in Yoville, a Face Book game that is similar to Second Life. I am not a game person and don't understand directions to games, so I am already challenged to play this game. But this game provides a way to come in contact with different people. There are different scenaries in Yoville, all of which, at some time or other, have people in them. The people have silly names some times, but behind every avatar (character) there is a human being that needs to hear the Gospel. Yoville is a game that has a city setting, and each person that creates a character, gets an apartment. Each character can earn money by going to the factory a couple of times a day. The people in Yoville are generally hardened to the Gospel, but some are interested. Usually, but not always, someone wants to be my buddy when I have gone out preaching the Gospel. You can see how deceived people are by their responses to the Gospel. Some of them think that sharing the Gospel is 'shoving God in their faces' as one person put it. But they don't understand it is good for them to hear the Gospel. That is how faith comes about. Only in eternity will we know how many people will be reached with the truths of the Gospel. We need to be faithful to find places where we can 'publish' God's word so people can see it. We need to pray that God will give them eyes to see with and that He will open up their hearts and minds to the Scriptures. Yoville is just one way to do that. There are many ways to reach people, and we need to look at ourselves and let God work His grace in our hearts, then, we can minister to others. And we need to use our talents and skills to bring glory to Him and tell others, in such a way, so that the cloud that is between them and God will dissolve and they will see Him more clearly.