Shifting pace stinks. I have been shifting gears far too much recently. And I bet you have too. That is why I think it is crucial that we find a new gear for discussing spirituality. So today, on Twitter’s Follow #Friday (for you Twitter virgins, the # sign is Twitter lingo), I am wondering who we should follow. Who should we look to for hope when gears change, the economy is rearranged, and life is certainly not the same? (Yep, I can rhyme.)And what if Jesus was on Twitter? Would we Follow #Friday him?
Twitter is with some people all the time—on their iPhone’s and Blackberry’s. Many of these people tell you about everything going on in their lives. If their lives are interesting, or you care a lot about them, that’s pretty cool. Otherwise, it’s a little dull. (Hey, I am just saying it, all of you were thinking it.) I don’t have an iPhone or a Blackberry, so I only Tweet things from the office or home. (I know, I am in the Stone Age.) But before you iPhone users stone me, let me tell you why I don’t have an iPhone.
I have a hard enough time hearing Jesus already. I don’t think I could handle any more noise or distractions in my life. To most people an iPhone is a help; to me it would be a distraction. But if I could follow Jesus on my iPhone, that would be a different story. (Programs that let you study the Bible on your phone are definitely a help in this regard. In fact, I am nearly convinced to get an iPhone because of them.) So, don’t get me wrong, I think iPhones and Twitter are super cool; I am just suggesting that we need boundaries for the sake of our spirituality.
Like iPhones and Blackberrys, Jesus is with us all the time. One of the most powerful elements of Christ coming to earth is the fact that He brings the Holy Spirit. The Spirit then becomes our constant advocate and guide here on earth (John 14:16 –26), while Jesus (as the risen Son of God) is our advocate in heaven (1 John 2:1). If only I kept up with Jesus as much as I do with Twitter. So, here’s my pact. I am going to work at constant prayer, and I hope my suggestion of keeping an eye on the noise in your life will help you to do the same. Shut off the computer and turn off your phone sometime today. Try just listening to God. Because after all, he is a God who often shows up in the silence (1 Kings 19:11 –18).
I also think it is important that we don't forget that like iPhones are here and now—everywhere, all the awful things of this world are also here and now—everywhere. And there is no stimulus package that is going to make the pain go away. No president or senator who can fix us and make us whole. We need to believe in a God who is also here and now—everywhere. We need a God who is living and breathing with every follower of Him. A God who can make us whole. We need to replace sin, distrust, pain, grief and addiction with the Spirit. The Spirit is the great substitute.
What would the world look like if Follow #Friday was about following the leading of the Spirit? What would it look like if in several moments of every day we stopped everything, and made following Jesus the priority? What if we constantly renewed our belief in the Infinite God who is in everything? Drop me a comment and let me know what you think.