Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: Psalm 27:1-14
Key Verse: “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” Psalm 27:4
I’ve been dealing with a struggle for a few years now. You probably face this struggle as well. It’s a struggle between good, better, and best.
This struggle affects many daily habits and lifestyle choices, but I’ve really felt the attack in the area of social media and technology. I mean, how can I fight against it? Technology offers so many blessings. However, this good gift that allows us to connect so easily with the world can also become our biggest enemy, an enemy that keeps us from truly connecting with each other and with God as we should.
We all have to realize that Satan doesn’t mind if we spend our lives making good choices. No, good choices are fine, and so are better choices, as long as we don’t make the best choice. You see, all those YouTube videos that your friends post about animals being rescued or weird stunts being performed, about amazing talent being displayed, about unique houses or hilarious moments . . . there’s nothing wrong with most of them, really. But while they may be better than what others are looking at, could they be robbing us of God’s best choice? As one of my friends likes to say, “Get off Facebook and get your face in His book!”
It doesn’t matter how many people have “liked” your page or post or affirmed your beauty or talent. What matters most is what God thinks. “The LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
If you are a busy leader, maybe your weakness isn’t Facebook, but maybe it’s watching a movie on the airplane while you fly across the ocean, or turning on the hotel television at night just to watch the news. What if we’ve allowed the good and better things of life to keep us from the best, from pursuing an intimate relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ?
We are Seventh-day Adventists, supposedly preparing for heaven. However, I’m afraid our spiritual sensitivities are being numbed by the barrage of television, Internet, and social media that constantly begs for our attention. We can spend hours at these things, and yet we struggle spending even a few minutes in God’s Word! We struggle going even a few minutes without checking our smart phones, text messages, or tweets. If we are serious about going to heaven, something must change in our focus and priorities.
Inspiration tells us, “Most professed Christians have no sense of the spiritual strength they might obtain were they as ambitious, zealous, and persevering to gain a knowledge of divine things as they are to obtain the paltry, perishable things of this life. The masses professing to be Christians have been satisfied to be spiritual dwarfs. They have no disposition to make it their object to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; hence godliness is a hidden mystery to them, they cannot understand it. They know not Christ by experimental knowledge” (Counsels for the Church, p. 186, emphasis supplied).
Of course, media and social networks can be tools for good. I maintain my accounts specifically because I want to use them as a witness. However, I have to keep proper boundaries around them and keep re-surrendering them to God, or they will control me rather than God controlling them. If you have a similar struggle, I suggest a 7- or 10-day fast from media and social networks. Spend the time you save connecting in more meaningful ways with your family or loved ones. Spend extra time studying out something you want to learn in the Bible. Spend the time in prayer or memorizing Scripture. This may be difficult (let’s face it, we are addicted to our media gadgets more than we want to admit), but I promise that if you will make this sacrifice, it will change your life!
The Bible says, “But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31).
Christ is that more excellent way. He is the best gift. Seek Him while the door is still open. He’s coming soon!
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Heavenly Father, as we face the end-time crisis, the enemy has disarmed us in a thousand ways. We have no strength for spiritual battle because we’ve lost our spiritual focus. We’ve been numbed to the things of eternal value. Forgive us, Father! We want to turn our focus back to You. We don’t want to settle for good or better anymore. We want the best! We want You! When You return, we want You to be able to say, “I know you; you are my child!” Help us, Father. Be Master of the things that seek to master us. May You truly become our one heart’s desire. In Jesus’ name, Amen.