Some people have “made a decision for Christ” and they think that they have played the God card. Others have repeated a prayer asking Jesus to come into their heart and now they believe that they have played the God card. Many others have joined a church, been baptized, been confirmed, received the Eucharist/taken communion, gone to confession, responded to an “altar call,” or given money to a church and/or TV preacher and are convinced that they have played the God card.
But have they? Not necessarily. A person can do any (or all) of these things and still be holding the God card in their hand. Playing the God card involves much more than religious activity. It involves personal encounter with and continual, obedient surrender to the Living God.
Many people say, “I tried God but it didn’t work for me.” Perhaps that’s because they only thought that they tried God. If you think that God didn’t work for you, maybe you confused religion, ritual, formulas, church, Sunday school, emotional experiences, etc. with God, Himself.
That’s actually good news. It means that you are still holding the God card. You have actually not yet given the living, resurrected Jesus Christ a chance to change your life.
The God card is not a quickie. It can’t be played in an instant, but is ongoing. It’s like charging your cell phone. You can plug the charger in and say “Lord, help my phone to charge. Amen!” and then unplug the phone, convinced that you have played the charger card, but will your phone be charged up after 5 seconds on the charger? Of course not.
To keep your phone charged it has to regularly spend considerable time plugged into the charger. So it is with knowing God.
If you want to truly play the God card, you need to spend some time daily before Him. Try this experiment: For the next 21 days, read at least 5 minutes every day in the New Testament part of the Bible and see what happens. You may discover that the God card pops out of your hand and into your heart.
When you’ve played the God card, you will never be the same. You will have an ongoing passion for God that won’t let you go.