For the last year or so I’ve had a growing disdain for all things technological. Let me rephrase that. I’ve had a growing disdain for the way I’ve allowed myself to be controlled by all things technological. So, as of two short days ago, I’ve begun trying to implement strategies so that my foolish self won’t be so prone to addiction to these tiny boxes of information we call smart phones.
So I bought an alarm clock.
You see, that was my go to excuse for having my phone in my bed. I needed it as an alarm. Now that argument is invalid.
For the last two evenings, I’ve enjoyed honestly tremendous freedom, tremendous peace and rest with my Creator. I know it sounds somewhat laughable, but putting my phone up before bed and until after I shower in the mornings has been like a mini retreat of sorts.
I’m far from there when it comes to setting aside technology for rest. But I am glad to be making steps in the right direction.
Not every one will come to the same conclusions about technology. My purpose for this blog post is not to tell you guys to become more like me. Because that would be stupid, because I can be stupid. Instead, I’m wanting us all as a community of faith to consider our rhythms, routines, and habits. We rarely stop and consider in our culture why we do the things we do. I’ve only recently begun to stop and consider my technological habits.
Why should we as followers of Christ consider our habits?
This passage (among many):
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word. I have sought You with all my heart; don’t let me wander from your commands. I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You. – Psalm 119:9-11
Here’s the deal. It all starts with the heart when it comes to our walk with the Lord.
H.B. Charles Jr. says it like this:
The matter of the heart is usually the heart of the matter.
Solomon would say it like this:
Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life. – Proverbs 4:23
Our hearts are the center of our intellect, emotions, and volition. From our hearts springs all of our thoughts, emotions, and actions. Because of this, we must protect it. Because of this, we must guard it. And oh my goodness no this has little to do with dating or courting, it has everything to do with what we fill our hearts with throughout the day. Scripture tells us our hearts are wicked. Naturally, left to our own devices, apart from Christ, we have wicked and ugly hearts. Now when I spend hours a day on social media and/or Netflix, which most of the time aren’t honoring a Biblical worldview, then it’s no wonder my heart strays into broken thinking and ungodly actions.
Here’s the deal.
I’m a moron. To be honest, you kinda are too (I understand if you check out here).
We are all prone to depart from what we know is right. We are all prone to abandon Scriptural beliefs for cultural ones.
Look back at the passage from Psalm 119. Do you want to live a pure life? This means much more than just sexual purity. This means holistically applying the Bible to all of your life. Do you desire that? Then keep His Word. How do we keep His Word if we don’t spend time in it?
I imagine a day where I’m devoting all of my down time to growing closer to the Lord through prayer, Scripture memory, Bible study, and family worship.
Now, God gave us good things. He gave us hobbies and ways to unwind at the end of the day. Here’s the question though. Is it beneficial for you?
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. – 1 Corinthians 6:12
This blog post is not intended to be anti-media or anti-entertainment. It is rather intended to be pro-spiritual growth. So we need to each ask ourselves what hobbies and habits are beneficial for our individual spiritual growth.
That means that for me, I can’t have my phone in bed at night or in the morning. I can’t. You can. You may very well have way more self-control than me and be able to not spend hours on it between the sun setting and the sun rising. But for me, I’m not disciplined enough. It is not sinful to have my phone in my bed, but I find myself mastered by it and thus it is not beneficial.
Look one more time with me at Psalm 119:10.
I have sought You with all my heart; don’t let me wander from your commands. – Psalm 119:10
Devotion and humility.
That is what it takes to cling to Christ and grow spiritually. The Psalmist seeks God with all his heart, with deep devotion. In the same breath though he humbly acknowledges His need for Christ to cling to him. Don’t let me wander from your commands.
Let this be our prayer as followers of Christ. Let us seek Christ with devotion. Let us acknowledge that we need him to hold us tight, to keep us from straying.
Here’s a novel idea for all of us. It’s difficult to stray from Him when you’re focused on communing with Him each day. Hide His word in your heart.
My last rant is about the rat race. Don’t get caught up in it. We behave unconsciously via what we’re told is the way to behave. That’s why the thought of even putting my phone up at night before two days ago made me feel like a crazy person. Don’t listen to the culture at hand, cling to Christ.
God’s Word teaches us all we need to live well.
In His Name,
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