Ever notice how people can’t wait to post pictures or their status on Facebook? I often wonder if my friends truly care to know how I am doing, how my boys are doing, and what’s new with us. Sometimes I wonder if Facebook isn’t just an online extension of high school, where everyone gets to brag about their lives, their kids, jobs, or how much they love to work out at the local gym. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to log on in the morning at my desk, after my first cup of java, just to see what everyone is up too. I am friends with people that I know very well, and of course family members. But, I am also ‘friends’ with people I barely know. Often I get friend invites from someone who I’ve only met once and I usually just accept their invitation because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings!
Something I am perplexed by, is the amount of people who post about Jesus on their Facebook pages. It’s not that I don’t agree with it, I actually agree whole heartedly with witnessing online. But, I find it strange that I see some folks day after day at my boys’ school, or at sporting events, or at the grocery store, or even at the gas pump who I’ve known for years, and not one has ever asked if they can pray with me, or ask if I know Jesus. But, then I see all sorts of scripture and reference to the Lord on their social media pages. Suddenly, it dawned on me. When have I ever witnessed at school? When I have I ever asked someone at the grocery store if they need prayer? Who am I to condemn anybody when I am guilty of the same behavior as my peers?
I believe God has blessed our generation beyond imagination. Technology has grown by leaps and bounds, and God has given us so many tools by which to witness to folks who may not know Jesus. But, reading a Facebook post, or a blog, or even online scripture will never produce results like a tender hug and a smile! Jesus knew that as human beings, we need to touch one another, we need to cry, and we need to assemble ourselves together to support and love our brothers and sisters in Christ. I am praying for boldness! I desire the boldness of God to tell someone at the post office, “God loves you, and I do too!” I am praying for the ability to laugh at myself, to keep a smile all day, and who cares if people think I am strange? People thought Jesus was strange, too! If that’s the kind of company I’ll be associated with, that’s alright with me! Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” If I speak God’s word, it will accomplish what he desires.
Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” I will not be ashamed, or scared or too timid to tell everyone the good news of Jesus Christ. If I can post it on Facebook, I can say it out loud at the track meet or the football game. Who knows, someone may be hurting and just a kind word, spoken at the right time, is like apples of gold, in pictures of silver. If I talk the talk, Lord, let me walk the walk.