"He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less." John 3:30 (NLT)
Social media is everywhere. It seems that almost everyone has an account on a site where they can share what's going on in their lives. Selfies, pictures of the food that is being served, families posing together, babies, home decor and the list goes on. But there is one thing that is most notable about these sites. They provide a place for us to indulge our egos.
I will admit that there have been times when I have posted something and then checked again and again to see who is "liking" or "loving" what I have posted. I had to get over that because if it was something really dear to me, like a picture of my child, then I was upset if I either didn't get a lot of responses or if more people only "liked" rather than "loved." My ego was hurt. Why? Because my purpose in sharing was all about me.
If we stay within ourselves, if we keep our focus inward, then how can we reach out to anyone else? If we are more concerned with all things personal rather than spending our time in concern for what those around us need, then not only will we miss a lot of joy, but we will also be sinning.
Philippians 2:3-4 says, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
Our goal, as Christians, is to be like Christ. If we study His life, how often do we see Him more worried about Himself than He is those around Him or those in the crowds that came to hear Him? Granted, He was fully God and fully human and we are only fully human. We aren't perfect as He was perfect, however, through His grace and mercy, if we spend more time learning about Him and walking with Him, then He will begin to change our hearts and teach us how be more like Him.
Simply put, it needs to be more and more about Jesus and less and less about ourselves. Rather than posting attention getting selfies, we can use our social media time to honor our Savior. It is far greater to have His approval than that of man.
There are so many opportunities to show His love. Many people need prayers and encouragement. It costs nothing more than a little bit of time to reach out and be supportive.
This week my challenge is that we all take inventory of how we represent ourselves and the Lord in any of our interactions with others. What is our focus? Are we seeking personal approval or are we pointing the way to the One who loves us more than any person on earth ever will? God bless.