Create Your Character

How will you build your stats?

Character creation is a feature that has been included in tons of games for as long as I can remember. In the original Final Fantasy (released in 1987) we had the option to choose between a fighter, a martial artist, or a few other classes. Nowadays we are bombarded with games that explore in extreme tiny details the ways we may choose to create our virtual characters. We can choose how far our eyes sink into our character’s heads, how many points are attributed to specific skill-sets, whether our character is hot tempered or quiet, and hundreds more options.

As a gamer I know how easy it is to spend hours perfecting your virtual character. Far more important, however, is our real life character. Where do your stat points sit? What attributes are strong? When was the last time you leveled up? How will you improve your character?

Listed below are a few ways that, as Christians, we can change our real life character (and a few ways that we can’t). Keep reading to find out more…

God Creates Us

As hard as it may be to accept, we don’t get to pick our “race” or “class”. In video games we often have the choice of what kind of “race” we want to be. Picking a “race” establishes the basic fundamentals of who our player is going to be throughout his or her journey.

Do we want to be a faithful hobbit?

Maybe a wise elf?

A gifted man perhaps?

Among many other reasons, this is fun because the many different races have different strengths and weaknesses. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, and it makes the game good because you are forced to work together with people who have different abilities. It works the same in real life.

When we are born we don’t get to pick if we are tall, short, male, or female (these physical traits are kind of like our “race” in a video game). Much deeper than that even, is that when we are born again as Christians and receive the Holy Spirit we receive a gift (or gifts). Our gift(s), however, may be different than someone else’s (a little bit like different “character classes” in some video games). This is a good thing though, because God knows how to make us in the best way! He knows way better than we do. This makes it so that we can all effectively work as one body of believers. Each with unique God given abilities.

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Read 1 Corinthians 12

(It’s way more important than finishing this article)

We Can Assign Stat Points

Playstation Controller

God is our ultimate creator, but that doesn’t mean that we are without responsibilities. We have the extraordinary freedom to choose where we put our “stat points” in many senses.


For the less RPG (Role Playing Game) literate reader: “Stat points” are points that you earn from doing different things. If you defeat enough monsters you might level up. When you level up you may get a few stat points. In many RPG’s you have the option of which category to assign these points. You could put one point into your social ability, and another into your archery. The more points that are in a category, the more effective your character will be at doing that thing.

Imagine every hour of a day is a stat point. If you put just one of those hours into working out everyday, it is very likely that you are going to get physically stronger. If you put eight points into going to work a day, you are going to get better at your job (and get paid more “gold”).

If you waste your stat points on things that you don’t need, your character won’t grow effectively. If you want to be a master swordsman, it would be silly to throw all of your points into your a stealth category. If you want to know God better, it would be silly to invest all of your time into games, sports, and movies.

If you want to grow, persistently work to know God better. Open your Bible, and dig deeper than you have been. Spend time in prayer, thanking God, and praising His wonderful name. Take your stat points and invest them.

URGENT NEWS: The Bible is not boring. People who think that it is boring, don’t understand it. People who think that it is irrelevant in this day and age, REALLY don’t understand it. So how can you understand it better? Pray, meet with other believers, fight sin, and invest time into reading our Bible.

On another note, where you invest your money is also important. Greed is a horrible thing. If you aren’t investing any money into God’s works, you are missing out on something really important. Investing in God’s works should be a joy!

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Read 2 Corinthians 9

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Don’t invest everything you’ve got on earthly things. It’s easy to always selfishly want to get more, bigger, and better things. These things don’t last though. The latest and greatest new technology will likely be replaced within a few years. Before you know it, your brand new worldly “whatever-it-may-be” could easily be broken. 

Matthew 6:19-34 (ESV)

(Note: The little [fn] emblems are footnotes, click them and scroll to the bottom of the page to read them.)

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust [fn] destroy and where thieves break in and steal,

but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,

but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. [fn]

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? [fn]

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,

yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Continuing the Quest

So you’ve learned more about how to assign real life stat points, and power-up your character. Where do you go from here?

Take the Extra Life! If you don’t know a lot about Jesus, and you want to have new life in Him: Click Here!

Draw Your Sword! You can’t defeat many enemies without a sword. Tired of taking hits with no way to fight back? Draw your weapon: Click Here!

Put on Armor, Level Up, Join the Party! Put on the full armor of God. Level yourself up in real life. Join in the quest with other believers. Find out how much your life is like an RPG: Click Here!

Talk to a trusted Christian friend, or message me if you need anything!

With love,

Praying for you guys,

-Caleb

P.S. Check out this related article from my bro Christopher over at These Words I Write, it’s motivational!

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