They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
(Acts 2:42, NIV)
My last post sounded a bit desperate. Social media and technology have been making this world smaller and smaller. We hear about things now that would have taken weeks, if not months, to hear about just twenty years ago. And, in many cases things used to go on in this world that we never heard about at all.
The whole idea behind Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites is to stay connected with our families, friends, social groups, old classmates, and so on. Unfortunately some of those websites and apps connect us to some pretty dark places. It’s up to us to know when to draw the line and back away.
There is one place, however, that we can all go to stay current; where we can get connected and stay connected to those people that can help lead us out of the dark and into the light. As you guessed, that place is the Holy Bible. For more than two thousand years, the Bible has taught us to stay connected to each other – with no mention of computers or Smartphones:
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NIV)
It was the connection of those who responded to my last post that helped me realize that I shouldn’t even try to get through troubles and challenges by myself. When Jesus Christ is the focal point of your life and you are connected to other Christians, you are never alone. When we experience pain and loss, our connections are there to comfort us. When we are overcome by fear and anxiety, our connections give us perspective; they help us see things in ways we may have overlooked. When we need truth, they can teach us. They help us discover and understand the things we hadn’t been able to grasp on our own. When we get stuck, they set us free. They speak the truth and push us forward. When we face complicated questions and are confused, our connections listen and counsel us. When we mess up or make mistakes, they are there to correct us and to offer mercy. They remind us that we are loved, despite all of our flaws and failures. Our connections through Christ remind us of the One who gave His life so we could enjoy eternal life. Our connections through Christ will be with us for eternity – long after Facebook and Twitter have departed from the social scene.
Get connected and stay connected! The Bible and those who strive to become like Jesus are the most powerful social media tools you will ever need.
Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!