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11/18/2015

Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Romans 6:16 (NKJV)

I remember the first time I heard of the word, “Internet” — it was a strange concept that was intriguing, but I don’t know if many of us had any clue as to how it would shape our world.  “Social media” was another term that came my way, and even though social media had been around via letters since 550 B.C., through telegraph since 1792, and through the telephone (1890) and the radio (1891), this new wave through Internet to bombard our lives is like none before.  Just about every one of us sees this going on pretty much every day and everywhere we go.  Our ability through social media to stay connected to people, places, groups, and just about anything else we desire, is at an all-time high.  This should be a good thing, right?

As good as it is to have the Internet available to us through cellular phone technology, it brings challenges along with it as well.  First of all, we obviously cannot be doing two things at one time, or at least not be doing them to the best of our ability.  This means whatever else we might be doing when a call comes our way—or when we succumb to the urge to get on the Internet and find out some piece of information, or check out something we are intrigued by through social media—we might not be able to give the project, activity, or person in front of us our fullest attention or our best effort.  This applies to driving our cars, performing our jobs, having conversations (or potential conversations now missed), and our relationships. 

Think about the hours we can spend on the computer, roaming the Internet and searching for everything our heart desires.  Again, there can be many good things done with this technology, but it can also be very consuming and it can keep us distracted from spending time with God, and others.  How many memories have been lost because the opportunities for conversations were overshadowed by time spent on the Internet?  How many relationships have been ruined because someone gave their best to someone else via social media instead of giving it to the one they were supposedly committed to?  How much time has been robbed from us by the enemy—time we won’t be spending with our Lord—from reading and studying our Bibles, and praying.

Let me be clear here, I am not opposed to cell phones, computers, the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—in and of themselves, they can all be fantastic tools.  But when we find ourselves addicted to them, or worse yet, slaves to them—not being able to refrain from going to them when we should be giving our attention to what we should be, then we need to recognize we are not in our Lord’s will, and this is now sin.   My point is this; we must be aware of what we are giving our best resources to, and equally aware of what we are being distracted from doing.  We must guard ourselves from anything we find ourselves enslaved to.  Want to know if you are enslaved to it or not?  Try fasting from it for a week and see how it affects you. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 6:16, what happens when we submit ourselves to things that are not in God’s will for us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are there areas in your life where you can see the enemy is tempting you to be enslaved to something?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord for His will for every area of your life.  If there is something taking your greatest resources, and distracting you from staying balanced in your relationships, your life, and most importantly, your time and walk with God, then choose to step away from doing these activities. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for showing me how the enemy can distract me from living the life You have called me to live.  Show me any area where I am putting too much time, effort, or resources.  Show me anything that may be hurtful or damaging to my relationships with my spouse, family, friends, and You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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