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Technical Distractions
9/25/2013

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 2 Timothy 3:1, 2, 4 (NKJV)

I find it mind-boggling to look at today’s technology.  It amazes me how the advancements in technology are coming at us in such a hurried pace, we seldom have time to learn what is currently available before it is considered obsolete.

I remember the days of my youth, when every phone was attached to a cord, and the cord was attached to a wall.  If you wanted to talk, it meant being stationary near a plugged in phone and walking was limited to the length of your phone cord.  Today, we have cell phones allowing us to be virtually anywhere while continuing to talk. Everything we do is centered on these super computers known as cell phones. We have our day planners, calendars, cameras, video recorders, and calculators all built within our phones, and they are our ticket to the World-Wide Web (Internet).

Now, the idea behind technology is to make our lives better, simpler, and easier—it is to help us to have more time.  But is this what is happening?  Is this tsunami of technology freeing up our lives, or is it sucking us deeper into the vortex of technical distractions? 

The very gadgets and inventions introduced to help us maximize our time are gobbling it up faster than this new technology is evolving.  In essence, we are becoming slaves to them. 

Truth be told, I think these technological advancements can be the very things causing us to stumble in our walk with God.  I think so many of the things created to save time and share information have imprisoned us.  More and more people are looking to these technologies for entertainment too.  Things such as, texting Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and flicker now consume us.  Forget waiting to hear about what happened last week or yesterday for that matter—how about what is going on right now?

The Apostle Paul wrote, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves…”(2 Tim 3:1-2).   Could this be happening today as people are becoming consumed with sharing so many details about themselves, such as where they went to breakfast, what they decided to wear, and what they plan on doing in the next two hours?  Are we becoming consumed with our own lives—becoming self-centered, rather than Christ-centered.  Are we becoming consumed with other people’s lives—becoming busy attempting to gather the latest news? 

But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. 1 Peter 4:15 (NKJV)

I am not inferring using these things make us bad people—what I am challenging us in, is are we becoming distracted from being who God has called us to be?  Are we simply doing what everyone seems to be doing, and if so, is this what our Lord desires for us? 

And do not be conformed to this 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. Rom. 12:2 (NKJV)

The enemy is going to do whatever he can to get us to take our eyes off of God, and the things of God, and to put our eyes back on ourselves and the things of this world.  I pray you’ll hear my heart in this message; I am not against technology, or things such as Twitter or Facebook—I am against what the enemy does with them.  I am against these things being used in such a way it causes others to stumble in their walk.  I am against spending so much time with these things; there is very little or no time left for God. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Timothy 3:4, in the last days, what do men become lovers of?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see how the enemy uses technology to distract you in your time and walk with God?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s guard ourselves in how we utilize our time and in using today’s technology.  Let’s make sure our Lord gets the best of our lives, and that we don’t become conformed to this world. 

LET’S PRAY:  Father, thank You for giving us our very lives. Help me to see the value of spending time wisely and help us to be good stewards with the time You give to each of us.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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