Facebook or “FaceTime”?

By: James Flynn
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Do you have the same problem as I do?  I am convinced that I have perfected the art of getting caught up in the little things that don’t make a lot of difference while neglecting things that are most important.  I have to watch myself.  To this day, I am not very active on Facebook because I think it would consume me and other things that are more important would suffer. Maybe you are a lot like me and have been asking yourself some important questions about how you can best use your time—it is so easy to get caught up in what is good and miss what is best..

Since time began, humanity has been searching for the answers to some very basic questions: “Why did God make me?” and “Why am I here?” Is it to fulfill a certain destiny with my job? Is it to work hard and to accumulate possessions? Is it to have a family and launch the next generation? Is it to somehow please God by doing things that fulfill calling or destiny? Is it to win souls and do good things? These questions evoke some of the reasons we are alive, but ultimately, the reason for our existence is not found in doing but in being—specifically being in a relationship with God. Without relationship as the wellspring of our activities, they are shallow at best and quite possibly a waste of time. The answer to questions about why we are here involves relationship and intimacy with God.

Humanity was made in God’s own image and likeness (Gen. 1:26). God made human beings to reflect His own nature with the capacity and need for relationship. Once He made Adam, God made someone corresponding to him so that he would not be alone (Gen. 2:18). God made us for relationship—because we are made in God’s image, we are like God and yearn to relate. God was moving to restore relationship with us right after the fall. It was God who was seeking Adam and Eve, though they had just sinned (Gen. 3:8,9). It was the man and his wife who hid themselves from the presence of God after they had sinned, because their relationship with God was broken. It was God who then immediately spoke of a way back to fellowship through the one who would bruise the head of the serpent with His redemptive sacrifice (Gen. 3:15). From Genesis 3 onward in the Scriptures to the end of Revelation, the abiding thread is the redemption of humanity through the blood of Jesus Christ to restore us to relationship and sweet fellowship with Him (2 Cor. 5:17-21).

God has been pursuing a love relationship with us ever since the Fall, and it seems that if necessary, He will love us all the way to hell if that is our choice. His blood was shed so we could draw near with confidence (Heb. 10:19-22). We were created for relationship with God—to experience the daily kisses of His mouth and to learn the pleasing smell of His garments.As He did with Adam and Eve, it is God who pursues us for our fellowship. Henry Blackaby in his book Experiencing God rightly observes that it is God who takes the initiative in this pursuit:

“God Himself pursues a love relationship with you. He is the One who takes the initiative to bring you into this kind of relationship. He created you for a love relationship with Himself. That is the very purpose of your life. This love relationship can and should be personal to you. . . . God always takes the initiative in this love relationship. God must take the initiative and come to us if we are to experience Him. This is the witness of the entire Bible. He came to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In love, He fellowshipped with them and they with Him. He came to Noah, Abraham, Moses, and the prophets. God took the initiative for each person in the Old Testament to experience Him in a personal fellowship of love. This is true for the New Testament as well.”

He pursues us because relationship and intimacy are the central needs of our lives and the only source of the transformative power we so desperately need. To cut off intimacy is to cut off the “living waters” of transformation and to invite problems. Just like a flower cut off from the plant, we dry up and wither quickly.  God does not yet have a Facebook account—maybe He would need one to get some of our attention.  Until then, struggle with me to make God and relationship  with Him your priority.  Be willing to lay down what is good to embrace what is best.  Determine to trade in some Facebook for “FaceTime”—He deserves it because of all He has done for us.

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James Flynn
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One Response to “Facebook or “FaceTime”?”

  1. Stephen Hightower says:

    Hmmm….wondering about the crossover to Church and Ministry and focusing more on being the church than doing church things. Thanks for the food for thought.