If Facebook and Twitter have done anything for us, they have given us benchmarks by which to measure our significance. How many friends/followers you have determine how much of a worthwhile contribution others believe you make to their life.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a person of worth. We all long for significance. I would be the first in line to confess that I have had exceptional struggles with self-significance.
Jeremiah 2:5b-6a rocked my heart this morning. “They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves. They did not ask, ‘Where is the LORD?'” The prophet goes on to say in verse 8, “The priests did not ask, ‘Where is the LORD?’ Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leaders rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols.”
There is no significance without the LORD. I’m convicted of how easily I follow idols. I’m concerned for how quickly the Church and its leaders allow their hearts to become captured by that which is worthless. Are we church leaders asking “Where is the Lord?” Or are we only interested in acquiring more followers for ourselves? Do we earnestly desire to see people find the LORD or just to discover how witty, smart or impressive we are? Five Facebook friends or 1,000, there is no significance without the LORD.
I fear we’ve become consumed with ourselves–our latest update (Honestly, who cares what you are doing. What is God doing?); our most current thought (What is God thinking? Are His thoughts precious to us? Ps. 139:17); the search for public praise (Who is praising God? Who is finding Him worthy? Who is telling of His power and the wonders He has done?).
If we don’t guard our hearts, Facebook and Twitter and conference invites and book deals can become worthless idols. WE can become worthless idols…worshipping ourselves or leading others to falsely conclude we are worth worshipping.
“Consider then and realize how evil it is for you when you forsake the LORD your God and have no awe of me” declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty. Jeremiah 2:19.