Today’s Scripture: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians¬†4:8

Virtual reality…you can put on a pair of goggles and experience incredible things from all around the world and beyond. From exploring some of the breath-taking beauty of our planet, to looking over the vast emptiness of the moon, to the terrain of a fantasy world only limited by the designer’s imagination and programming skills, you can experience a simulated reality without actually having to grab a suitcase and worry about the hassle of airport security.

It’s all fun and games until it begins to dominate your life. How much respect do you have for the adult who spends all day playing a game that doesn’t matter? All too often we are guilty of our own virtual realities. It can dominate our minds just as much as someone immersed in a game.

In Philippians 4, we are told what things should be the focus of our lives. We need to think about things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praise-worthy. The first item on that list is things that are true. Although virtual reality can be enjoyable, it’s fake. It’s a simulated experience that makes no difference in the real world. Spending all day building an incredible building in a virtual world is a waste of time. As soon as the goggles come off, the building is gone. All that work went into something that only lasts as long as the wearer is engrossed in false reality.

How do virtual reality glasses work? – by being so close that they are the only thing that can be seen. Everything else is blocked out of view and so it becomes the only thing we are focused on. The same can happen in our spiritual life. If we allow ourselves to get so close to the things of this world, it will become our focus. We can put all of our strength and effort into earthly distractions, but one day they will all be gone. It is vital for believers to realize that the things of this life can be a virtual reality that keeps us from doing something that matters.

These questions remain then. “What am I supposed to think about? What is really real?” The answer is found in God’s Word. The reality is that we are all sinners. God loved us and provided salvation through His Son, Jesus. He promised salvation to all those that believe in Him, but those who do not will spend eternity paying for their sins in Hell. That is what is real. Are you willing to take off the goggles that are blocking your eternal view and see things the way they really are? Will you look at the people you meet through the distorted view of this virtual reality, or see them as souls in need of salvation? Take off the goggles and do something real today!

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.