Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty. Matthew 23:12, The MSG
As a believer, you’re suspended between two worlds when you log online. Marketers are in the business of pushing your hot buttons – the emotional wires that when tripped just right make you want to buy, buy, and buy things.
Hot buttons are needs and desires we all have for things like control, status, and fun. Marketers know your needs and it’s their job to satisfy them with a better idea, product or service. If they can get you to become preoccupied (and even obsessed) with your own needs, then they own your mind and your pocketbook. And if you’ve got a large social network, they’ve likely managed to influence some of your friends too.
Does this make marketers evil? No. It just lumps them in with the rest of mankind destined to creatively toil for food and shelter.
So by now it’s clear the language of this online mission field isn’t Swahili, Arabic or Thai. It’s fame and significance.
For the Christian trying to figure out how to be in this world but not of this world, the online culture presents an ever-present conflict-a constant tug of war. The 24/7 push and pull of information generates the ‘me-centric’ environment ripe with emotional landmines. But it is still possible for you to walk humbly with your God through all of it.
Remember: It takes absolute intention and diligence to guard your heart and the power of the Holy Spirit to help you win this war.
You are in this world, but by grace, no longer of it. Demonstrate the difference between the two. #LiveSticky
Why do think fame and significance are so seductive?