When Smart Phones are Dumb

A smart phone is dumb when it comes to certain types of communication. There’ s no application for communicating with future generations, but with careful effort, I can do what the Samsung 5S or the I phone 6 cannot do.

I can clearly speak 150 years or more into the future.

I’m not unusual in this ability,

We will all speak a message of some kind to future generations. That’s not the difficult part. Deciding what topic deserves our best communication effort is when things often go astray.

I believe that anything I can pass on to others about God’s presence and His work in my life is well worth my effort.

Think about it.

We text each other about ballgame scores. We comment on politics, or the amount of fish we catch, or our child’s latest accomplishment, or the color we paint our kitchen. We discuss the irrationality of the IRS, or healthcare bureaucracy, or the latest movie star drama, or argue about what contestant should win on The Voice … all this and more, on and on ad nauseam.

Nothing is wrong with these things. But the amount of time we spend discussing things that change status in the blink of an eye compared to the time we spend discussing the wonder and curiosities of God and His revelations is often quite unbalanced.

I believe the topic of God—who He is and what He does in the world and our lives—is by far the most important conversation we could ever enter.

I believe if all discussions were held within a frame of genuine, factual God-knowledge, then there would be greater potential for conflict resolution, more strength to endure harm, and greater elevation of worthwhile things.

I know. I’m living in another world.

I’m holding on to what many would say is  a “pie-in-the-sky” belief, but in any stance, if a person is  truly  convicted, then it is up to them to take actions that reflect their conviction.

Otherwise, it’s all just words.

In light of my conviction, that all life is best lived in the presence of God, I see it as my responsibility to act out the following steps regarding my communication.

First and ongoing is to LISTEN to God and learn all I can about Him. A good start is to read and know His words in the Bible. It’s His text to us! The process is ongoing.

The second step is for me to keep an open invitation to God—to ASK for His help to live faithfully for Him on earth. The Bible teaches this. Through Christ, God grants me free will to choose His ways and ask for His guidance. In fact, there is an ironic penalty if I refuse to allow God’s rule in my life. Those who can’t stand the idea of a ruling God and work hard to be free of Him and His ways on this earth will eventually get their wish after they die. Then they will experience eternal separation from Him. At that point, they might want to choose to have God’s presence back, but He will be gone from them. It will be too late to choose.

“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.” Hebrews 9:27-28

“Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets,’ and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS.’ Luke 13:25-27

“And He Who is seated on the throne said, “See! I make all things new.” Also He said, “Record this for these sayings are faithful and true. He further said….

“It is done! I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without price from the fountain of the water of Life. He who is victorious shall inherit these things, and I will be God to him and He shall be My son.

But as for cowards, and the ignoble and contemptible….the unbelieving and faithless…the depraved and defiled with abominations….and all liars who knowingly convey untruth by word and deed—all of these shall have their part in the lake that blazes fire and brimstone. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:5-8

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Thirdly, if I am a communicator with others and I believe God is the most important influence in life, then I ought to talk about what He does in my life with at least the same vigor from which I communicate on other topics.

Some consider the topic,“God-is-at-work-in-me,” to be a private matter.

Why?

If my communication goal is to elevate God’s ability—His perfect nature and His all loving, healing, helping, redeeming, and saving tendencies, then I’d do best to speak about my flaws and His excellent correction of my flaws .

I think things of God, the most important influence this world will ever know, should be a continual hot topic and openly discussed.

Why should I ever talk about presidents and leaders if I won’t talk about God, the ultimate ruler?

Just as I might communicate about my gardening strategies or cooking recipes, so must I make God such an important priority in my life that I can’t help but talk about what HE IS DOING in my life. I should have these conversations humbly with my fellow man and in a cautionary way and never assume, or let others assume, that my life, as administered by God’s hands, is a total summary of God’s ways. I am merely a glint in His eye reflecting a glint of Him.

However….

If I live to tell my great, great grandchildren about God’s faithfulness, and then they live to tell their great, grandchildren about Him, the influence of that communication will span at least 150 years.

By any smart phone technology standard, that result is an untouchable feat!

You don’t even have to be married or have children to accomplish this. Although having those structures in place is convenient, in truth, being childless might broaden the geographic range of my “God-is-faithful” message more rapidly.

In today’s technology of a worldwide web, a consistent genuine message of God’s faithfulness given to persons who might cross my daily work path could potentially ripple around the world long before my new grandchild can bellow, “Mimi!”

 

Let’s concede the limits of smart phones and spend some time learning the enormity of God’s wisdom!

Let’s put down that little blue screen and pick up the big book of God—the Bible.

Our conversation will be eternally better for it!

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