Weekly Focus 2019.W.20
God's word does not return void, even on social media.
I was reminded of this in a fresh way this week. During Lent I took an unannounced break from Facebook. There is enough negativity in both the "press" and some groups I am a part of that I decided to remove those influences from entering my mind during Lent. I must say, it was refreshing!
While I had continued to post images of the #VerseOfTheDay to Instagram, I had not resumed that practice on Facebook after Lent. I started receiving private messages on Facebook like this one:
"Hi Steve how are you doing? I miss seeing your daily Bible verses."
These made me think through the impact we have in the digital spaces. You and I are not the gatekeepers of the Bible. If people have access to the Internet, they have access to the Bible online. But it goes deeper than that.
We are called to go into the world and make disciples. The world today includes the digital spaces that are both now familiar and those that are being newly developed.
The very reason I took a break from Facebook is the very reason we need Christians spreading encouragement and God's word in as many places as we can get it. This also includes the digital spaces of today's world.
I want to encourage you, whether you are sending verses and mini-devotionals in images on social media, via text message, or email, it is impacting more people than you may ever know. Through your presence in the physical spaces and digital spaces, you are developing relationships and influence. And through your obedience in representing Christ in these spaces, God's infinite creativity works in the lives of those who see and hear His word.
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."
The Weekly Focus is a summary of what I am reading, listening to, discovering, and learning this week. These include some of my thoughts and ideas around life, ministry, technology, culture, leadership, strategy, and communications. I pray these thoughts will help us all be better people, spouses, leaders, and learners as we live intentionally in our converged digital/physical daily lives.