Is God Just a Facebook Friend?
Many people have hundreds of Facebook friends and some have thousands, but British anthropologist Robin Dunbar says we can maintain only five close friendships at a time.1 Most Facebook friendships are superficial. We do not know what problems rob our friends’ sleep, what dreams inspire them, or what burdens weigh down their hearts. Facebook relationships are more about impressing than supporting. We show the frontstage of our lives but not the backstage. We advertise beauty and success and hide ugliness and failure.
The Babylonians were threatening to capture and destroy Jerusalem when Zedekiah was king of Judah. Notice that “Neither he nor his attendants nor the people of the land paid any attention to the words the Lord had spoken through Jeremiah the prophet” (Jeremiah 37:2, NIV). Most of the Jews of that day had a superficial relationship with God. King Zedekiah wanted Jeremiah to pray for God to deliver them from the Babylonians (Jeremiah 37:3), but he and the people of the land had no interest in following God’s words and ways. They had a Facebook relationship with a God they hardly knew. They ignored Him until they were in trouble and needed His help. Does that sound familiar?
Eternal life is about knowing God. “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3, NIV). If we can have only one close friendship, let it be with God. Let us not imagine we can make Him happy if we attend worship services more or less regularly and make the offering plate a little heavier. We must seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33), draw near to Him, and allow Him to clean up the ugliness in our lives. Let us not be too busy to read the Bible or reserve prayer for emergencies. Let us tell others what Jesus means to us and think about Him continually from Sunday’s benediction until next Sunday’s prelude. May our dreams, our use of time and money, our conversations, and our thoughts all be God-centered. God is not satisfied with being just a Facebook Friend! #freechristianleadershipresources #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources
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