Throughout my middle school and high school years, I can remember carrying around a pocket-sized Bible with me nearly everywhere I went. While other guys and gals my age would be carrying around cell phones in their pockets, I was carrying my Bible. And I took pride in that. Now, fast forward a few years, and there has been a great change. I no longer know where my pocket-sized Bible is placed. I do, however, carry around a cell phone in my pocket. To be more specific, I carry around an iphone.
I tell you this story because I have a struggle. I don’t think I am the only one, though. I fear we subtly allow technology to distract us from the Word of God. I am well aware technology, whether it be iphones, ipads, social networking, or any other device, can be used for good purposes such as sharing the gospel or even reading the Bible. Yet, too often I don’t think this is what we use technology for. Reflecting on this week’s Word as we wrapped up 1 John, John closes with these words, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21). For many, I believe some device, such as an iphone, can become an idol in their life.
Think about it: how much time do we spend scrolling on our iphones, ipads, and laptops when we could be using that time to study God’s Word? This question is one which convicts me. I know I have wasted too much time looking at a screen. I have used my time unwisely and have missed out on feasting upon the Word of God. For me, my iphone has become an idol. What needs to change, then, is my heart and what it longs for. Christ needs to reign supreme in my life if I hope to focus my attention and devotion on Him. Therefore, my hope is to minimize my time spent on electronic devices and maximize time spent in God’s Word. I have had a taste of that thus far this week and it has been refreshing to my spiritual life. Please keep me in prayer that I may continue to look to and long for Christ and I ask you to evaluate your own life to see if you need to remove this idol (or another one) in order to more fully grow in your walk with Christ. When you do, Christ and His Word will prove to be worth it!
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