“Check-In”

By: John T. Heiligenthal

Social media has become such an everyday normality in our world today.  It allows us to update our status to let the world know that we are drinking the latest and greatest coffee drink that Starbucks has to offer or to show off the new shoes that we just purchased at Macy’s.  Apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and many others let us “check-in” to let our friends and family know what we are up to.  Check-in at the gym, coffeehouse, shopping mall, movie theater, tire store and anything else you can imagine.  We want and have the ability to tell the world what we are doing at any moment in time.

So, did you “check-in” to your church this morning?  Why not?  Is Church too private for your “world” to know about?  I’m guilty of this.  Coffee Bean before church, check; Taco-Salsa after church, check; Church in between, oh no no no!  Checking into church can be social media suicide!  We as a society worry more about hurting other people’s feelings because of our beliefs then to share our own salvation.  In Luke 13 starting with verse 22 Jesus is walking through the town speaking about how many will believe in him but only few with make it through the narrow door [to heaven].  Do you honestly think Jesus wants you to deny him on social media and then welcome you with open arms?  Luke 13 27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.  Away from me, all you evildoers!’

When I’m within a block of my Church I can “check-in” to church but do I?  “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to” (Luke 13:24).  I use the Bible app on my smartphone in Church to read the word of God and to take notes.  But when it comes time to quickly and easily tell others I am attending Church my fingers don’t seem to be able to function properly.

As a society in whole we have become very sensitive about what the “world” thinks of us.  Guess what?  The world hates YOU!  John 15:19 ‘If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.’  So, can you ever please the world? Not by any means will you be able to please the world we live in, so why try?  You are a Christian, a believer of the Lord Jesus Christ, do things to please the one who gave you the eternal gift of life.  Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

9.27.2016

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