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I am a facebook addict.  I admit it.  I have tried to walk away, but then I find myself thinking in facebook status sentences.  Here’s the problem with being a facebook junkie.  Romans 12:2 says…”Don’t be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  Uh, Oh!  If I spend my day thinking in status lines, isn’t that conforming?  I think I might need a support group!

But, let’s turn this into a positive.  How can we, as those striving to be the Christians described in Titus 2, use facebook for the glory of God?  Romans 12 goes on to say in verses 9-13 …“Be kindly affectionate one to another in brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the LORD; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.” Well, that’s a pretty big chunk of scripture!  Let’s pause for a moment and reflect on how we can use facebook to follow this description of a Christian.

Be kindly affectionate one to another, in brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another… So, many times I see other believers forgetting the simple act of kindness and what it can mean to someone else.  The world of facebook opens up so many chances for people to see the brotherly love of the church, but are you sharing that love?  When you comment on the status of a brother or sister in Christ, is it with love?  We forget that in a typed out cyber conversation, our tone doesn’t always come across as we mean it.  An inside joke may appear as an insult.  I am certainly guilty of this one.

Not lagging in diligence…do you put off giving an encouraging word in order to check on your crops in the latest game?  Yep, been there!  And more often than not, you forget to give that encouragement at all.

Fervent in spirit… Are you eager to share the news of salvation?  Or is it more important to whine about the line at the checkout?

Rejoicing in hope…So many times, I let my doubt get the better of me and I don’t truly rejoice in the hope of others.  Or, because I don’t want my email to become overwhelmed with notifications from facebook, I simply won’t comment.  I think I should be more liberal with my “like” button.

Patient in tribulation…Ouch!  This one isn’t always easy for me.  I tend to follow my dad’s advice when it comes to tribulation.  He would say “Scratch your mad place and get over it.”  And while it can be good advice, sometimes it is better to accept the things we cannot change and move on to something we do have control over, when dealing with other believers we should have more patience to help them through there trials.  Continuing steadfastly in prayer — instead of wanting to kick them in the rump in order to help them get over it.

Distributing to the needs of the saints…I see so many prayer requests and needs posted on facebook.  Are you doing your best to help out?  What needs do you see?  Does someone need a babysitter?  A ride to the store?  A couple bucks for groceries until pay day?

We are in an age of amazing technology!  We joke about how shows like “Back to the Future” and “The Jetsons” were so far off…but yet they are so close.  We may not have flying cars, but we can use our phones (which are no longer painfully slow rotary dial devices attached to the wall with a 2′ cord) to post a status on the internet for ALL to see in only a couple of minutes (or seconds).  Is our faith making use of this technology?

My challenge for you is to take your faith to facebook!  In your head, change it to faithbook.  Post Bible verses, lyrics to your favorite Christian songs, poetry that has challenged your faith.  Share your testimony, as well as your prayer requests.  Maybe, your status will be the only Bible some of your friends ever read.  Shouldn’t we be making the most of this opportunity?  Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep! (Romans 12:15)  This is your chance to be a missionary.

My mom and I had a talk about faith this morning and it left me thinking…how much faith is enough to move a mountain?  Does it take more faith to pray for specific things (healings for example) or to pray for God’s will?  Romans 12 tells us that God has given each person a certain amount of faith.  (Romans 12:3  http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Rom&c=12&t=KJV#vrsn/3  )

The control freak that I am, finds it harder to pray for God’s will.  In praying that His will be done, I am leaving the entire situation in His hands and trusting that it will work out for my good.  (Romans 8:28  “All things work together for good to them that love the LORD and are called according to His promise.”)  It takes more faith for me to give it all to Him.  But how do we reconcile this with verses that talk about having the faith of a mustard seed and sending a mountain on a walk across the country?   (Matthew 17:20, 21:21)

I think the key comes in Psalm37:4  “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  When we spend our time trying learning about Him, worshiping Him, talking to Him our desires change.  They line up with His will.  This is one of those “if…then” promises.

Is it wrong to pray for someone’s healing? Certainly not!  But sometimes God has something else in mind.   Sometimes illnesses and injuries come about as a natural consequence of our own actions.  If God took away every owie, would we ever learn the lesson?  Sometimes these things happen to accomplish a greater good.  There are many Christians who were born with some sort of handicap or illness.  They did nothing wrong.  But God allows them to go through all of this in order to accomplish His will on earth.  In Acts 3, Peter and John heal a man who was lame from birth.  Begging was a career for this man.  Beggars had permits that allowed them to beg in certain areas.  Verse 10 tells us that everyone recognized him as the beggar who sat by that gate.  So, here was this man who had been there for awhile.  How many times had Jesus, Himself, walked past this man and not healed him?  It wasn’t his time yet.   God waited until this moment to do the job.  He used Peter and John to further the kingdom through this miracle.  Through this healing, the church grew to include 5,000 men.

So, my challenge today is to give it all to Him.  He knows your needs and He really does want what is best for you.  You don’t have to agree with Him, you don’t even have to like it all the time.  I am sure that He understands that.  But, in praying for God’s will, you allow Him to work.  And you grow!