Dear Christians, it’s time to unplug
If we could chart what we do every day, what would it look like? How many times would you make coffee? How many times would you be marked for talking to someone? How many times would you be counted for looking for your car keys? How many times would you be marked for praying/being with God? Some of us would have better scores than other. How many times would your chart mark you going online? I bet this stat would dominate almost anything you do, except breathing.
But that’s not a bad thing right? To always be online? The world is ever evolving and we as Christians shouldn’t be blind to the goings on in the world (be it in politics or pop culture). Pew research did a survey in 2015 and found that a three quarters of Americans go online, at least daily.
This should not really be a surprise to any of us. You are online right now, reading this blog post. But when is too much, too much?
It’s my belief that we are so hyperconnected at times that mental exhaustion occurs. Certainly whenever there is a presidential election going on, right?
We are really good at worshiping.
So what is it that keeps us coming back to the well? Why must we know what’s going on? And further more why can’t we resist the temptation to add our voice? I believe that God made us to worship, yet He also gave free will. Sometimes we color outside the lines. Instead of worshiping Him we begin to worship other things like politics, movies, tv shows, sports, careers and Beyonce.
It’s not such a surprising claim when you think about it, though. We all have our idols and we all worship something other than God. This is a sin. God made us to worship Him, not anything else. But we are really, really good at worshipping aren’t we? You’ve got your fantasy football leagues, eSports gaming championships, weekly TV show, going to the gym every morning, your career, jumping online everyday – there are many examples of how we worship things.
God made us to give Him glory though (Isaiah 43:7) . This isn’t another blog post about how you need to leave your sinful loves behind (you probably should). I’m simply making the case that we’re all empty vessels looking to fill us up. What is it that you’re trying to fill your vessel with? Each day is a new opportunity to get more of God.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7
There is power in words.
But this means we need to pray to God, and how often would our charts mark that we pray to God? Christianity is so interconnected in it’s practice and worship that it’s easy to flub Y and Z, because you didn’t do X. Thankfully God is constantly giving us grace and forgiveness.
So prayer is a great start to realign your relationship with God. I’ve only just begun praying every day and I have to say it’s changed my day to day. I’ve been using the Lord’s Prayer and expanding upon each section, every morning.
Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Father, your name is holy and the most precious name that saves. You are in Heaven and it blows my mind you are concerning yourself with someone like me. I pray that somehow I may bring glory to your name today. I pray for an opportunity to share your name and what it means to someone hungry for you.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Lord I pray somehow I can contribute to your kingdom today. I am eager to see your ways be brought to us, only then will we know true world peace. Father, I also pray for our local and national political leaders. I pray that you strengthen their hearts and move their hands for your will. And if any who have not claimed Christ as their Lord and savior, I pray that you turn their hearts to you father.
And so on and so forth. Praying the Lord’s prayer and expanding on the sections really marks everything off the list that Christ taught us how to pray in Matthew 6: 9-13.
So how how did I start this blog post with being hyperconnected to learning how to pray?
Because everything starts with prayer. There is power in words. God spoke life into existence with words, even. We have the opportunity to pray for things, to share our heart with God. Whenever you pray it effects you. When we pray we are shown a mirror to ourselves, so we can humble ourselves to God to allow Him to rework us for His glory and our sanctification.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7
Everyday we should relearn what we already know.
Man cannot live on bread alone, but I don’t think we take this seriously enough as Christians. We are in constant need of a relationship with God, for a worship of God and we need to read his Word constantly. You may say, “But I’m saved, I believe that Christ is my Lord and savior. I’ve given my life to Him.” If this is true, what does your life look like for Him?
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” – 1 John 2:15-17
Also, how often do we need to be reminded of the gospel? We are in constant need of remembering how powerful it is and what it means to us. Instead of people who are going to Heaven, we should want to bring as many people with us. We should be ‘little Christs’.
For the love of God, unplug now.
Finally, the world will not last forever and the meaningless objects we tend to admire, adore and devote ourselves to cannot stand next to what Christ did on the cross for us. So unplug. Unplug right now. If not start unplugging every now and then. Go spend time with God. Go pray and focus on who you are and whose you are.
We are not clicks for a website, we are not comments section, we are not the politics we so desperately cling to, we are not some prime time show’s Nielsen ratings – we are sons and daughters of God. We are co-heirs to the throne with Christ because we are found in Him. By grace through faith we are saved. And when we realize that perhaps we will get out of the hamster wheel of getting on the internet and distracting ourselves from spiritual maturity.
The internet will still be there when you get back. The problems of the world will still be there when you return. And when you return you can pray for those problems instead of offering how you’d fix them your way. Pray that God fixes them His way.