UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL NETWORKING

SHOULD WE BECOME SOCIAL NETWORKERS?

Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, “Social Networking”, Cocooning… All such familiar terms in the 21rst Century.

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God– having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. 2 Tim 3:1-7

Here I am, to be honest with you, trying to write a note without using the word “I” and “me”. It is nearly impossible! For there is no interaction with you, and while I can pray that I deliver a message to you and for you…. how can I not be wrapped up in me? Facebook in and of itself has been coined ‘narcissistic’ at best (status’ updates on ‘me’ and what ‘I’ am doing all throughout the day), and with other sites like myspace and youtube, one is left to wonder, “When it is all about me, what’s left for you?”

Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Psalm 119:36

An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment. Proverbs 8:1

But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. Romans 2:8

Social Networking sites are phenomenal at linking up old friends, and meeting new ones. We meet, greet, exchange ideas and thoughts and put forth the Word of God uncompromisingly. We are able to show others glimpses into our lives, and are able to go throughout the journey of life and ‘self’ discovery with each other. Praise God! But where does it end? When do we go overboard to the point, that we just hole up in our homes plinking away at our computers, and cease adding any kind of value to society at all? There must be a balance, allow God to show you what that is. Time for God primarily, time for family (our God given responsibility) second, time for others (our civic duty) third, and lastly, time for self (fuel to add to the fire, to keep us going).

In his letter to Timothy, Paul speaks that there will be “terrible” times in the last days. Times when people will love themselves and money, they will disobey their parents, they will be lovers of what ‘feels good’ rather than lovers of God. He also states that people will have a form of ‘godliness’, but have no power. What does this mean? Simply stated, people will appear to have ‘all the answers’, but they will be spiritually broke. They will be spiritually bankrupt, and rich in earthy knowledge. ‘Knowing’ everything, but unable to grasp anything. People who pray without ceasing, but producing nothing of power.

LORD LET IT NOT BE SO!

The call out today then is this,

Father God, let us not have forgotten YOU. Keep us focused on You and what we can do for Your people, according to YOUR plan. Let Your plans be established Lord, separate us Lord, and allow us to be used for Your Glory. Let us not get so wrapped up in ourselves and our temporal ‘fame’ that we forget that it is not at all about us, it has never been about us, it will never be about us… it is all about YOU. You made the earth, the moon, the stars! You are worthy to be PRAISED. Blessed be the Lamb of God who is worthy to be praised! Just writing these Words alone, have caused my inner man to leap and sing! What a people are we that, You would be mindful of us? And yet here we are alive on this earth with a purpose and a plan! (Jer. 29:11) Show us what that purpose is Lord! Give us ears to hear and eyes to see, so that we can serve You and Your people. It is not our desire to get so wrapped up in ourselves and what we are doing in every minute of the day, that as we are ‘tweeting’ down the street we get hit by a bus! Show us compassion Lord, as we head into this weekend, allow us to unplug our devices and set our hearts fixed on You. Show us how to use these tools properly to edify each other, and to serve and love one another. If I have been found guilty of unjust gain or usury of my brothers and sisters for self glorification, forgive me… I am YOUR humble servant and I implore You. I pray for more of You Father, and less of me! In Your Sons name, AMEN!

The promise is this, best stated in Matt 6:33,

“Seek ye first the KINGDOM of God and ALL of His righteousness, and all of these things shall be added unto you.”

No amount of stuff, friends, money, pleasures, will ever give you what only God can give you. As you seek Him, and put Him first place in your life…all of these things shall be added unto you! A WHOLE LIFE!

May God Bless you richly today, as you go about your lives, interacting with flesh and blood. May you be able to serve and love each other unselfishly, putting others first and living a life full and overflowing in His power, His grace, His love, and His mercy

 

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  1. think if it is easier with a 2 and 4 yr old than older chrilden. I struggle with my older ones rejoicing in point out someone’s sin! I would teach them to say, sweetly and respectfully, Mommy, remember our verses.(?) (It could be a statement or a question.) To which you could respond, Yes, I do, but I had forgotten for a moment. Thank you for helping me obey God’s Word. Families help each other, and I appreciate you’re helping me. Or something of that sort. I would then pray out loud, confessing my sin, repenting, and thank God for the child and his desire to see his family obey God’s Word. This would give them an example of how to pray when they are committing the sin. If the child’s tone gets too harsh, and seems to rejoice at catching Mommy, respond differently. Yes, I do, but I had forgotten for a moment. I did need that reminder, but your tone was not respectful. Mommy has given you permission to draw my attention to this situation when I forget, but it must be done respectfully and out of love, with a desire to see Mommy obeying God, because families help each other, we do not rejoice in sin or catching others in sin. Sin breaks God’s heart, and it should break ours too. Go on to remind them of Exodus 20:12-Honor your Father and Mother, and then secondly Proverbs 15:1-A gentle answer turns away wrath, and lastly, 1 Timothy 5:1-Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. (I only listed the first half of the first two verses. I try to keep them short for my little ones. It makes it easier for them to remember.) Obviously, these are not the only words that can be used, but it is an example of how I have done it in my home. It is by no means the only or even the best way, but it’s the best I have come up with so far, with God’s help and much prayer.

  2. As you continue to train young children by finding out their God given gifts- you can encourage them by building them up the way God has designed them to be. This joy they have in being your child with affect them on into teenage years and will continue to propel them toward being respectful to God as young adults- good job.

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