“You've been living in a dreamworld, Neo.”
In the movie, “The Matrix,” our hero, Neo, discovers that the life he knew, the experiences he had, his entire life had been only an illusion. It felt as if it had all been a real-life but when he was awakened, he saw the truth.
In this dream world, Neo had goals and ambitions. He had a job and friends and wasn’t aware of the true world. Now, he wanted to know the truth and, when he did, it meant he had to let go of his past allegiances to live in the real.
Most people were content living in this matrix. They too could have come to know the truth but they wanted to live the lie. They loved the illusion, wanted it, and didn’t want to even know that there was something more.
“You have to understand that most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.”
We know the more. We chose the truth. We believe in Christ and His Kingdom. Yet, we are often like Neo had been, enticed into focusing on this world, what it has to offer and the daily to-do list it generates.
Moving through our day, we know that this is not where we belong. Yet, this reality demands our energy and focus. As we work, play, raise families and fight over politics the reality of heaven and of Christ can fade and move to the back of our minds. When the matrix becomes dominant, we can lose our way.
“We all well know that the reason that most of us are here is because of our… affinity for disobedience.”
We are warned not to love the world and the things in it. We are told that the world system is an enemy of God. But, there IS so much we still love about this world.
“I know this steak doesn’t exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? Ignorance is bliss.”
If we love this temporary world more than the coming one the Lord is preparing for us, then we have placed our heart’s desire in the wrong place. Ignorance might feel blissful right now but it is future death.
Each person that does not come out from the world will have lived a life that is without meaning. Every accomplishment will have created nothing toward eternity. Forever was not impacted by their bottom line, by their toys, or by their praise of men.
We all move toward reality through this temporary world. We have to decide where our true allegiance lies in order for our lives to have made a difference. We have to embrace the truth that all our love for this world and the things of this world is a losing investment.
Neo speaks of those things that were important to him in the dreamworld – a restaurant where he ate, friends, and activities. None of it meant anything because it was all a lie. What truly matters is the truth.
“I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.”
Each day the matrix calls to us to believe in it, to live for it, to love it. And, each day the Lord speaks to us of our true home, of His eternal love for us, of a hope and a future in Him alone.
Every day is a decision. We live in this temporary world but we are not of it. We can enjoy this world that God made for us but long for our true home. We can live as citizens of heaven or of a world that will soon not exist. We must let go of our addiction to this place, this reality.
“There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”
The agents of this world are pulling at us to belong here. They want us to believe that the matrix is all there is of value. That is a lie, an illusion, an invitation to futility.
We have a good God, a mighty God, a God of covenant and promise. We are safe to choose Him, His ways, and His will. We need to decide to come out of the matrix or remain in it. Our choice.
“You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind.”
Welcome to the Real World.