After the Game

by Bill Denton

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad
(2 Cor. 5:9-10, nasb95).

After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box,” says an Italian proverb.

Isn’t it interesting how the smallest of things can teach some of life’s biggest lessons? Consider the simple act of putting away the chess pieces when the game is over. In chess, the whole game is designed around the capture of the king. It is the critical piece, determining who wins or loses. Pawns are generally expendable. Not that they don’t serve their function, but they are greater in number and less valuable. You can sacrifice a pawn, but you can’t sacrifice a king. Your opponent can capture a pawn, but if he checkmates your king, you lose. Still, when the game is over, both the king and the pawn go into the same box.

It’s the same in life. Human beings are often viewed as little more than chess pieces. Some are more expendable than others. Some are more important than others. We can get along just fine if we lose the less important ones, but we think we just can’t afford to lose others. We have our “pawns” and we have our “kings.” Then when the “game” of life is over, both the pawn and the king are put into the same box, so to speak. Someone truly said that death is the great equalizer.

Recently, I watched one of those educational programs on TV where they dig up some ancient tomb and marvel at the discoveries. It is amazing what gets put into a person’s “box” when he dies. But, for all practical purposes, both the king and the pawn are in the same shape. Perhaps we need to spend more time during the “game” figuring out what’s on the other side of the playing board. It could be that when this game is over, the status of the piece doesn’t count for nearly as much as we think it does. Perhaps there is something else that gives both the king and the pawn a value and purpose that far exceeds the “game.”

Take heart, pawns. Get real, kings. The game ends soon, then comes the box.

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