When you think of idolatry, you might even think of it as something obsolete, dated back in the Old Testament. Far from that, idolatry comes in many form such as self-centeredness, pornography, money, success, sex, food, following the life of celebrities, the immeasurable craving to achieve one’s goals without seeking God’s will, and last but not least Social Media.
I am fully aware of the benefit of Social Media; it is a great platform if you use it wisely. I have met awesome people on social media and have gained countless experiences from it. Nevertheless, Satan is leading people into idolatry very subtly in this technologically savvy world.
The world permeates our environment with shiny and glossy possessions, it tells us or should I say most of time command us women to crave for the top position, to run after the money, to disrespect our husband (beware of TV commercials), take the best opportunities, to attain goals that seems unattainable, to follow our dreams, to follow the latest trends and all the attributes that is attached to being a worldly women. All of a sudden, when one is scrolling down the pages of our social media account, we find ourselves longing for those unfulfilling things. Subtly, envy comes into our hearts and Satan start to saturate our environment with guilt, grief, frustration, sense of loss and the drive to seek the wrong thing. Most of the time depression comes in, settle there and begin its mischievous work in our minds.
Be determined to not pollute your eyes, ears, soul, spirit in which Christ reside. Any vile images and songs you have been listening to for the past few months must be replaced by things that are pleasing to the Lord. I pray that God gives you grace and peace to steer you into the right direction.
Beloved, let me remind you of what Apostle Matthew taught us in chapter 6 verse 24:
‘’ No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other: you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.’’
You can’t be a Christ believer and have reverence for ‘’Queen-so and so’’ (celebrities), and the lives of others that portray a false sense of success on social media. It won’t work. You have to make a decision whether to follow Jesus or Satan. Make up your mind.
Are those you are following uplifting you, are they Christ-followers, are they leading you to the cross, are they helping you grow spiritually, are they encouraging you to read your bible and have an intimate relationship with Christ, are they kingdom builders? If you say yes to those questions, be not envious of them, instead be supportive of them and pray for them. They have been through the fire themselves and are just like the rest of us basking in God’s mercy.
Beloved, if you have fallen into this pit, let God restore you, ask for forgiveness and discernment. We can come to Jesus and repent; he will not send you away. According to Romans 3:23 it is said: ‘’ for everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.’’
Be determined to follow Jesus by doing your part. Come back to Christ by giving him the first few minutes of your day, make him a priority. Find somewhere quiet and dive into his presence by praising, singing and reading his words. Listen as he will speak back to you.
Ask the Lord what his will is for you, pray that He shows you your passion, mission, and calling. Be discerned that you are ALIGN to his word.
I leave you with one of my favorite verse in the New Testament.
Matthew 6:33 ‘’ Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.’’
You are BEAUTIFUL,