What’s your status? As God blessed me to think about the last really dumb status I posted on Facebook, I began to seriously consider my oversharing. Sharing can be fine but oversharing is just plain ridiculous and unnecessary. When you have the Spirit of God you start to realize that maybe the world can live without some of your posts after all. Why is oversharing a problem? Maybe you’re thinking that it’s no big deal. After all, you are just saying what’s on your mind and what’s wrong with that? The answer to those questions can be summed up in one word—flesh!
John 6:63 says, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” Give the devil an inch with our flesh and he will surely take a mile. Our flesh follows the inclination of sin naturally so where there’s smoke there’s a fire and where’s there’s sin there is the influence of the devil. Glory to God, that He has given His children His spirit, and therefore when we are walking obediently in the Holy Spirit, we can speak spirit instead of flesh.
See, oversharing is something that is so prevalent in our society. We have become so dependent on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Instagram that we don’t recognize how self-centered and fleshly it makes us. We act like we are stars of our own reality show. We crave likes, comments friends and follows. Come on! Why does it have to be about us all the time? Here's my hashtag: #Idontneedtoknowwhenyougotobed.
Even our so-called humility and good works have to be shared with all 700 of our closest friends, but that's not God's way. He sees our good works that we do privately and He will reward us but we forfeit that in tooting our own horn. God doesn't get the glory out of our vanity.
There are some things that don’t need to be spoken, but yet there’s that question, beckoning us to share that insignificant thought. Let me share my last brilliant Facebook post inspired by "What's on your mind?" Here goes:
This is not earth shattering but tea is very important to me, and I shouldn't have to use 8 tea bags to make a pitcher of tea SALADA. Just saying....Lipton still rules!
Who cares? Yes, my thoughts exactly! I’m so glad I didn’t hashtag that; nonetheless, in that moment this was the most important thing in my life—a rant. Now that post came in between my Sunday morning and evening services. I could not wait to come home to delete it because God had me contemplating about what it sounded like. It sounded like what it was—a complaint. But what about the goodness of the Lord, woman of God? What about the fact that I could have a choice of tea or I could have tea at all. There are so many people trying to figure out how to stretch meals from now to their next paycheck—some that might be friends on Facebook—but my tea is weak. What a reason to complain!
As children of God we have to make sure we are not giving the devil ammunition to sully the name of Christ. Christians shouldn’t be complaining on Facebook. We shouldn’t be complaining at all, but on Facebook, we complain and then invite people to “Like:” it. It’s not that serious right? Wrong? In Matthew 5:14-16, here s what Jesus says about who his followers are:
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
A Christian’s actions are to be elevated, our words are to be weighed, even when they have to fit into 144 characters. Nobody is saying Facebook is a sin, but do you make it a sin? Is it your companion throughout the day. Do you consult with it more than you put time in with God. These questions are all about you, so seriously put it before God and He will give you your status update.