By David Bezant
“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule – to the Israel of God.” Galatians 6:14-16
I read this verse recently while browsing on social media, and I was hit with an immediate challenge. It is something which I must admit, is one of those things that is far easier to say (or type) then actually do. To only boast in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Not my own strength, my own skills, my good deeds, my fantastic organisational contribution to an event or my cooking skills, but only in that amazing act of love which paved a way for a relationship with Father God.
Even as Christians, I think we sometimes struggle with pride (we are only Human after all!), and social media makes that struggle even harder. Simply loading Facebook or Instagram, often floods your mind with posts from people that are trying to grab your attention and people who are sharing every small success, in the hope that your opinion of them might improve.
“Are the words that we write and the images we upload giving glory to God?“
As I meditate on Paul’s words in this verse, I wonder what he would say to the Church if he was around Social Media. I imagine that his words in Galatians would still echo true, to only boast in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. This then leaves us with a challenge when using social media. Are the words that we write and the images we upload giving glory to God, or are they simply bringing ourselves more attention. I know personally this is a challenge that I face on a daily basis, where I will need to continually be checking my heart and motive for what I share with the vast digital world.
As I battle with this challenge, I encourage you to pray and try taking on this challenge Paul gives in your own life. He ends the verse with saying “Peace and Mercy to all who follow this rule”, and that is something we can hold on to and receive when we listen and take note of this challenge.
If you decide to take up this challenge, then we would love to hear from you. So we can journey with you, pray with you and encourage each other to carry on living lives of humility. You can chat to us by commenting below, or calling one of our team in the UK Prayer Centre on 0300 561 0700.