Just JesusThere’s a lot that competes for your attention these days. Our world is a noisy one. It’s also an eye-full. Images and sounds bounce around our brains like too many balls in a pinball machine. The mental and visual chaos is so great that things of significance often get brought down to the same level as the latest Instagram post.

Then there’s Jesus.

Paul wanted to remind the Colossians who Jesus is. His inspired words are also a good antidote to our inner turmoil:

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:13-20)

Let the reality of who Jesus capture your attention rather than cultural novelties.

I was looking a minister’s social media feed a few days ago, and something about it struck me. There was no mention of Jesus in it. I thought, “Surely that’s just an anomaly. However, after perusing his feed for several days back, I was disappointed to discover he has not used his influence to post about Jesus. Out of the overflow of the heart, the fingers tweet.

That got me to evaluating my own use of social media, for that is where a lot of the world’s noise is generated these days. Do I share socially what is most important spiritually in order to bring music into the noise? My reflections have led me to a renewed conviction. Psalm 19:14 says:

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”

I want the tweets of my phone and the posts on my wall to reflect my thoughts about Jesus and be acceptable to God.

Can I challenge you to do two things?

  1. Leave a simple statement about your faith in Jesus in the comments here.
  2. Then copy that and post it on Facebook and Twitter.

Let’s create a sound of our own that competes with the noise of the world rather than contributes to it. Our Savior has a divine melody, which just may capture someone’s attention. After all, this entry caught yours.

 

 

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