There is this game called League of Legends that pits five people against another team of five to the end goal of destroying the opposing forces base. The games can be quick and one sided or long and equal. Within this game, every player that reached level thirty and went through a trial period of testing will be ranked depending on their level of play. The tiers go in the following order from worst to best: bronze, silver, gold, platinum, diamond, master, and challenger with there being five divisions within each one.
If you are a smart cookie then you realize that bronze five is the lowest of the low and there is a mentality in this pit of despair that many occupy that inherently prevents people from progressing and it’s called in all of its glory “bronze five mentality”. The symptoms of bronze five mentality are many but here are some examples that I have come across:
Unmerciful to the mistakes of fellow teammates
Blames others for one’s own mistakes
Verbally abuses teammates and threatens to kill them when in reality they probably have the strength of an infant and is going through puberty.
Thinks too highly of themselves and their “great” accomplishments
Blames the game maker (RIOT) for making the game unbalanced or unfair
Going off of 2, it is never their fault.
As you can see, the person with the bronze five mentality is a stellar person. As we joke about the inner workings of this type of a gamer, I realize that these traits are evident in a lot of people in all walks of life and that they are the symptoms of sin coming up to the surface.
Today we see that there is a bronze five spirituality as well.
Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD, surely you have utterly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘It shall be well with you,’’ whereas the sword has reached their life.”
This is the crucial point in the passage because the people who are being warned of the judgement of God that is near have said that God must have deceived his people into thinking that they will be well in His grace but in reality will be receiving death.
They are in a sense is blaming God for their misfortunes and are questioning why God is acting in perfect accordance to His character. These judgments are what God warned them if they were to fall away from him and into sin but they don’t seem to remember that.
When we get mad at God acting in accordance to who He is, then we are displaying a core issue of sin in that God is not in the proper place as LORD in our lives as we try to be our own rulers. It’s as if we are saying, “How dare you God,” when we are inconvenienced but not realize that we are reaping the punishment that we have sown with the seeds of sin. Like a person who has created a lifestyle of excuses, everyone is the problem but not them, yet God’s judgment and declaration reveals that it is very much the Israelites who have caused these terrible circumstances
“O Jerusalem, wash your heart from evil, that you may be saved. How long shall your wicked thoughts lodge within you?”
It was God’s grace that warns them of what they were planting and about to reap with their actions. God constantly gives us chances to turn around and RETURN but eventually consequence will come get us if we keep heading in the direction that we are going.
It says in Galatians six that whatever you plant is what you will get. For instance, if you plant a strawberry seed, then you will get strawberries. If you plant a rose seed then you will get roses and this natural concept also applies spiritually as well. What we plant is what we will sow and so if consistent action that is planted day in day out becomes the routine that will bear the fruit of whatever seed of action you plant, then good action produces good things while bad action produces bad things.
Watch carefully what you do daily for that is your routine and it is what you sow that which you will reap so if you faithfully encounter God through devotionals daily, then a life of holiness is what you will gain. If you faithfully sow laziness every day by watching your snap streaks or watching youtube then all you get is meaningless life with nothing to show for it.
What you do today, tomorrow, and the day after for the rest of your life will determine the quality of life you will live not only in this period but also in the afterlife with God. Take time to day to reflect what things need to be uprooted and let go and what things need to be rooted deeper into the soil of your heart! Let go of the blame game and look into your own heart to see where you messed up so that you can come before the LORD and move forward.
Rank up Summoner (shameless league reference)