Most of us could probably agree that we have somewhat of an addiction to our cellular phones. Most of our social lives are comprised of scrolling through Instagram and Twitter. It is the way we get to see what are friends are doing or “stalk” crushes. It consumes us. The apps take control of our lives. Now I will be the first to admit that I can be addicted to social media. Though for the most part I am not very inclined to be on social media.
The Hidden Idol
Social Media Today states that, “The amount of time people spend on social media is constantly increasing. Teens now spend up to nine hours a day on social platforms, while 30% of all time spent online is now allocated to social media interaction.” It is pretty obvious that social media has become the center of a lot of lives. This addiction has become a lot of people’s top priorities even if they don’t realize it. We are now worshipping social media. It is an idol for many people.
(Italics are my words.)
Leviticus 26:1 (NIV) “Do not make idols (Apps) or set up an image (Social media apps have pictures.) or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God.”
Isaiah 42:8 (ESV) “I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.” (Give glory only to the Lord.)
Why the Need to Put Jesus First?
It has been established that social media is an idol in many peoples’ lives. Trust though that there is a great reason to put him first. God sent his son to die for you. Someone shed their blood for your life. The least we could ever do is put him in the center of our universe.
John 3:16 (ESV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (If he gave his son for your life, you can make an effort to put the person who died for you first.)
John 3:30 (ESV) “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Your sins have been redeemed by someone who never had to die. He wanted us to live eternally with him. I challenge you to watch the amount of time you spend on social media. Something to remember is you never get that time back. Would you rather spend that time on something that is onty temporary or something that could be eternal? It’s your choice. Choose wisely.
Let’s rethink where are time is going together,