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Posted on 25 Nov 2015 12:20

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

St. Luke 10:27(NIV)

He answered,“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest, ClassMates and the list goes on. Face it. We live in a culture that loves social media. It seems that we can’t live without “posting”, “pinning”, “tagging”, etc. We love sharing our lives with whoever wants to be a part of it … via the internet. And yet with all the many joys of social media, these conveniences that we “can’t live without” create many unintended problems.
I believe that one of the most critical problems with social media is our dependence on it and how it causes us to get out of balance with what should matters most to us.
You see, I’m convinced that social media makes everything all about us. We find ourselves sucked into measuring our lives by who is following us and how many online friends we have. In our minds, we want to believe that we’re more than the total number of views or likes on our last post, however, our hearts betray us and so we constantly check to see how many we have.

But, beloved, have you ever noticed that the more we focus on ourselves, the less satisfied we actually feel. And the more obsessed we become with the things of this world, the emptier we feel on the inside.

That’s because social media can never really satisfy you. You were created for so much more.

Donald Lawrence put it like this: “You are not a natural being having a spiritual experience but you’re a spiritual being living this natural experience.” In other words, you were not created to be liked… you were created to show love. You were not created to draw attention to yourself… you were created to give glory to God. You were not created to collect followers… you were created to follow Christ and only a right, quality, personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus will satisfy you. You were made by God to be in a loving relationship and fellowship with God.

Beloved, I’m not saying that the social media is evil or sinful. It isn’t. Social media is a great tool. It is fun, relaxing and it helps us to conveniently keep in touch with friends and family.

However, we must understand that social media and all technology have their place. And it is time to put them in their place and to keep our relationship with God in its proper place.

It’s time to love God with our whole hearts, soul, strength and mind!

God bless you is my prayer!

Dr. J. M. Wooten

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