We post everything on Social Media. We subtweet our crush, we post our drama for all to see, we take a selfie of ourselves when we’re looking our best, and we even take pictures of the food we’re eating.
We do all this because we’re consumed with ourself and we want others to be consumed with us, too.
We’re meant to exist within Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), yet we prefer the company of the unholy trinity (Me, Myself, and I). The world revolves around us. This is the selfie generation.
To be clear, this post isn’t about bashing you if you do some of self-centered posting on Social Media. The truth is, we all do some of this, including myself. Sometimes, I cannot help but want to take a selfie with my food from Taco Bell.
I get it. However, this post is about revealing that a pattern of self-centered Social Media activity is a window into a deeper problem.
Our deeper problem is that we are consumed with the self, not with the Savior. And we want people to like us more than we want them to like Jesus.
I think this happens because we’re not allowing the Gospel to continually change our lives and our perspectives.
Why should the Gospel dramatically change our idea that the world revolves around us?
When we read and reflect on the Gospel, we encounter a blessing for us, yet the Gospel isn’t truly about us. The Gospel is God-centered.
If the Gospel was represented in a movie and not a story, we wouldn’t be the main character, or the supporting actor, or the director, or even the person holding the boom mic. Instead, we would be simply an extra, far off in the background.
The Gospel is God’s story.
Our life, when we accept the Gospel, are wrapped up into the reality of a God-centered lifestyle.
As Francis Chan says:
“The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His.”
We exert endless amount of energy trying to get people to like us, but how much energy are we exerting to get people to like Jesus?
This is struggle for me. I’m a people-pleaser. I really want people to like me. I have to check myself often for how much I focus on myself and people’s approval. If this is a struggle for you, then understand that your not alone. I’m in the same boat and others are with us.
We were created to glorify Jesus. Many people look for the meaning or purpose of life, but it’s really quite simple: glorify Jesus.
Now, let’s walk and live in that reality.
Our identity is in our Savior, not in our selfies.