So I recently had a refreshing two-week social media break and I’d like to share a few things especially for those who may have been in a similar position.
Here’s condensed version of the conversation that I had with God before I decided to have the break.
Me: Abba, it is hard to admit that I feel like I’m in a long distance relationship with you. Only communicating when it’s ‘convenient’…mainly soaking in your presence and intentionally seeking Your Voice when I know that I’ve got a speaking engagement or when I am in fellowship.
God: You are distracted. There is something that is creeping up to first place. But I desire YOU and you should desire Me before anything else. I want your UNDIVIDED attention. I seek to delight in ALL of you and not 10%, 50% or even 90% of you.
And it was in that moment that I understood this one thing
Social media is a great platform to share God, but it should not and cannot be a substitute for genuine ‘God-moments’.
Don’t miss out on His presence because you’re glued to your phone…even when you believe that you are ‘ministering’ to others. Take time out to unplug.
Enjoy God for YOU and not for the crowd.
If you ever feel like your relationship with God is looking like a ‘long distance’ one…ask yourself ‘what has my attention the most’?
And don’t stop at ‘asking’. Do something about it. Be radical in protecting your relationship with God. Let nothing and no one dethrone Him as The King of your heart and mind.
There are two great scriptures which confirmed everything during my two week break.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing“.- John 15:5 (ESV)
‘Abides’ This word is a verb, a doing word.
We should never stop intentionally abiding in Christ. (What does it mean to abide in Christ? Great Article by Desiring God). Without Him we can do nothing of eternal value. With Him we can do everything He purposed for us to do (Ephesians 2:10) Without compromising our relationship with Him!
God will call you to serve people and that is beautiful, but never think that He calls you at the expense of your relationship with Him. Your job is to protect your relationship with Him as you serve in His Kingdom. Don’t use service to cover up your distance from ‘sonship’!
Second scripture is Philippians 3.8
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord”
Everything outside of knowing and communing with Christ is futile! The worth of knowing Him is far greater than anything!
Be encouraged my siblings in Christ.
After all, who likes a long distance relationship in the natural? Let alone a long-distance relationship with Abba Father. Work on it. Examine yourselves regularly (2 Corinthians 13:5). Abide in Him and never forget that you are first a Son/Daughter of God before you are a servant. Your sonship guarantees that your service will bear fruit.