The Lie of Likes

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See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

1 John 3:1-3

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About a year ago, my mentor introduced to me a concept:

Think about it: If I post—nine times out of ten—I am looking for the approval of the people. I am not just talking about selfies and comments that outwardly seek approval. I am talking about the pictures of my relationships, the statuses “giving God glory” for all my success, and even the picture of the Bible verse I read this morning. These things are not in and of themselves bad things, but when I am trying to show off how great my life is, they can easily become prideful.

Although the internet is new, this concept is not.

phontoOur generation is not the first to seek our identity from the world’s approval. We are just doing it in a different way than those who came before us. Today, we seek tangible ‘likes’. Before, we sought intangible approval… literally someone else liking us.

Our scripture today completely disorients this thought process.

No, the world does not tell us that glorifying God first is what will get you anywhere in life. No, glorifying God will not give you the most likes. If you skip just ahead to verse 13, John warns, “Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.”

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And if you hop back a few verses, 2:15 states, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Ouch. That one hurts. If we truly love the world, we are loving what is opposite of God. This truth tells us that our identity is not—and should not be—found in anything or anyone other than Jesus.

Beloved, you are God’s child. Your life is of more worth than this world is capable of seeing.

You have been bought by His blood, purchased by the holes in his hand and the water flowing from His side. Our life is such a small part of eternity—almost invisible in comparison to everything else. We have such a small amount of time to glorify Him, and we are wasting it away by pursuing a click of a button from one hundred or more of our closest acquaintances.

Stop posting to get likes.

If we must post, let us post the Gospel. If we must seek others, let us seek their salvation. If we must share our thoughts, let us share our passion for His Kingdom to overtake our world.

Start posting to further His plan.

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