Seeing sand castles remind me of how it is going to be someday… Everything you worked for, regardless of how beautiful and how much you take care of it will eventually disappear.
2 Peter 3:10-14 says “The day of the Lord will come like a thief The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.”
Wow… what a warning! So if everything we work for will turn to dust anyway, whats the whole point? Peter continues on… “So then dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.”
Just these 2 verses alone gives us many realizations.
a. Jesus coming will surprise ALL of us… some will be ready and some won’t.
b. When he comes, everything will be destroyed.
c. Since we know this things, we are to live our days always ready that he will come anytime and when he does, we are spotless and blameless.
A few weeks ago I preached about how everyone knows John Mateos Ong is a christian and it makes me wonder “what about @johnmateosong?” Incase you didn’t get that, @johnmateosong is me whenever I go online which is almost half the time when I’m awake. How am I when I’m on facebook, twitter, and other social media? How am I when I’m playing games etc? Do I still act like I should as a Christian?
Here are things we forget:
a. People are basically as much present in the real world and on-line.
b. Every post and status we write becomes a permanent portfolio of who we are that can be read even by the up and coming generations.
c. Our posts have the potential to hurt / destroy and build up.
With this in mind, How come people are less sensitive about how they behave online?
- Do you lambast every offensive message and correct every wrong statement you see even if it creates enemies. If you do, do you do it in a loving way?
- Do you post and announce every whine, small complaint or bad service you experience to put the other party down?
- Are you sensitive to little cries for help posts that you see or do you just scroll them away?
- Are you using social media to share Jesus to your friends or is it your “Time off” or “break time”.
- Are we careful to post statements or pictures that cause other people to stumble either sexually tempt them or cause them to hate someone.
I think as Christians, we should be more aware of these things and start using our eSelves to become virtual missionaries. What do you think?