“Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.” Galatians 4:8-11
Paul’s concern for the Galatians should be one of our main concerns right now.
Most people live for money and fame. This is especially the case with social media these days. Money can by you happiness but it will never be enough. I point out money because we are actually are all slaves to money because that is how we live in America today. We work for corporations, companies, boards, or owners that demand certain things from us which can easily distract us from our main purpose for being created. We are pulled in so many directions it is hard to truly be still and silent with Jesus. Remember Jesus would escape crowds for times to be alone with God.
Social media takes a lot of individuals time from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, news, or even shopping with the click of a button. We can’t escape the noise because it is always on our hip, in our pocket, or our purse. Social media has become a place of tearing down others from our neighbor, friend, to most famous entertainer. So yes, social media has become an idol for a lot of people. It’s the first thing that most people look at in the morning and the last thing they look at before they close their eyes.
How do we escape these gods or idols of money and social media. It takes self control and takes a desire to want to put your focus on Jesus first. For me to take my focus off these gods and idols it took illness to the point I where couldn’t move because I was so sick and it took a miraculous finding of cancer to get my attention. The question I asked myself was, would I be happy with my relationship with Jesus if this was my time and the answer was NO! For almost a month I have been still, listening, and diving into His Word to find out what He desires for me now because He spared my life for a reason! I have survived a war, a life-threatening case of a pandemic illness, and prayerfully soon cancer. So I know He has something in store for me that I can’t imagine but I can’t take my eyes off Him!