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What’s Wrong with Binge Watching?

It’s a way to unwind. Something to look forward to. A topic for conversation the next day.

With so many shows on TV and so many ways to watch them, it can be easy to camp out in front of the screen for hours on end. Who doesn’t like to be entertained?

There’s nothing wrong with watching TV or following a certain show—although it’s important to be aware of what you’re filling your mind with.

At the same time, binge watching can take priority over more important things like family or friends. It can overshadow something even bigger than that, too: God Himself who offers you a life of abundance (John 10:10).

Are you spending so much time engrossed in a show that you have no time left for Him? Have you even considered that He’s there and wants to spend time with you?

It’s fun to get pulled into a story and guess what happens next, but many shows have little, if any, impact on your life. Spending time with God, on the other hand, can have a profound impact. Talking to Him (praying), reading His words (the Bible), and getting away to a quiet place to be in His presence are all ways to welcome Him into your life.

It may be easier to ignore God and sit down to your favorite series instead, but often, the more time we spend with God, the more we want to spend time with Him because we see the positive influence He can have on us. He’s chock full of wisdom we can apply to everyday life. He brings peace and balance to our lives that no TV show can.

There’s a Proverb that says, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:6). That means put God first, prioritize Him above all—including those shows.

You may be a fan of a particular character on TV, but with God you can have an actual one-on-one relationship. That’s through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Pause that show and see how you can make God a priority in your life today.

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?