Doesn’t it seem like everyone you know is on Facebook these days? If you have 15 extra minutes, you can catch up on what’s going on in the lives of all your family and friends.
Of course there are all types of people on Facebook. Some tell you every detail of their day. Some use it to promote their political views and opinions. Some send you five invitations a day to play some game or other (what is Candy Crush, anyway?)
And there are some who are just not the same in real life as they seem by their Facebook posts. I’d put Jesus in that category.
Everyone likes Facebook Jesus. You know him. He’s one of your 350 friends. He pops up occasionally with an inspirational poem or reading that you need to ‘share’ if you love him. He offers you a miracle in 10 seconds if you leave a comment, but always acknowledges with solemn resignation that “9 out of 10 people (the ones who don’t really care) will just keep scrolling.”
If you do ‘share’ his picture, you’re prayers will be answered. If you ‘like’ his poem, your blessing is on the way.
What’s not to ‘like’ about Facebook Jesus? All he asks is that you just keep reposting his pictures and sharing his Facebook statuses to prove your love. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
No commitment, no sacrifice, no inconvenience. Just share, comment and like.
Bible Jesus is different. Not everyone ‘likes’ Him, and not everyone ‘shares’ Him. He asks you to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him. That calls for commitment. That calls for sacrifice.
Requests like that usually get you un-friended.
Jesus isn’t interested in being your Facebook friend. He wants to be your Lord and Savior.
He doesn’t ask you to ‘share’ His picture. He asks you to live your life so that others can see Him in you.
He doesn’t ask you to ‘comment’ on a poem or an inspirational reading. He asks you to tell your family, friends and coworkers that He loves them and has a plan and purpose for their lives.
He doesn’t ask you to ‘like’ Him. He asks you to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
Bible Jesus won’t ask you to attend an ‘event.’ He prefers that you faithfully attend your church where there are real friends that you can ‘like,’ friends you can ‘share’ with, and friends you can ‘comment’ to about what God is doing in your life.
God is not concerned about your Facebook status, but He is intensely interested in your Real Life status.
So make sure you get to know Real Life Jesus and have a one-on-one relationship with Him. He might not promise you a miracle within 10 seconds of liking Him, but He promises eternity to those who love him.
P.S. 9 out of 10 people won’t share this blog because . . .