I know God is good. I really do. But, sometimes I think I forget, maybe even for just a moment. Then something happens and I’m brought back to this place of awe. I am so in awe of God’s goodness. Wow!
A few minutes ago it hit me. Even though I believe God is always working in people’s lives, I’m blown away when I hear that someone I never expected to follow Him opens the Bible and puts their trust in His hands. As my fingers hit the keys of my laptop, my eyes are beginning to water. I can’t even coherently put into words the way I’m feeling. It’s as if I didn’t realize the eternal significance of each individual life, but now I understand. God’s given me a little piece of wisdom to see how he feels every time one more of his lost sheep comes to Him.
I am thankful.
I am grateful that God has given me the Holy Spirit so that I can be in constant relation with Him. It’s the little movings of the Holy Spirit that hit home the most. There are people I was never friends with and maybe didn’t even like all that much for whom I’ve begun to have compassion.
As I see updates on Facebook or hear bits and pieces through the grapevine, I praise God for the work he’s doing. Differences I once had with people don’t seem to matter anymore. We now have something in common. We are sons and daughters of the One True King.
Social media is changing the way the world communicates and I am convinced it’s a tool that God is using for the Kingdom. I am excited when I see people ask for prayer, because maybe then they’ll believe that prayer works and God is truly there for them. I love it when I see a Bible verse or a praise for something good that’s happened. I even tend to enjoy the “Click like and share if you love Jesus” posts. Even though some may think that’s silly or what “immature Christians” do, I know that God uses all things for His good. The little bit of encouragement someone may have by seeing that their friends believe is worth it.
There have been times where I wrote off faith-based posts as being insincere because I was judging the life of the person who posted it. I had a calloused heart, relying on my good works to feel I was a better Christian. Wanna know the truth? I will never be any better at being a Christian than anyone else. It is only by the grace of God that any of us are able to follow Him. God convicted me about this contradiction to His word that I was believing.
Philippians is one of my favorite books of the Bible. I love the emphasis on humility and recognizing all things of profit apart from Christ are actually a loss – they are garbage! Talk about a wake-up call! At the beginning of the book, the Apostle Paul writes about motives behind preaching the Gospel.
While it’s clear the Gospel should be preached out of love, Paul goes on to write,
“But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.” (Philippians 1:18)
I don’t know the heart of every person who posts about faith on social media. Some may do so out of pure motives and others may not. Just as the Apostle Paul had to make clear during his ministry, we shouldn’t worry about the reason for the post. The message is of key importance. What matters is Christ is preached and seeds of truth are planted!
Today, I am thankful that God is good and that he is always reaching out to draw us closer to Him.
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