A short scriptural warning to all my fellow Facebook users.
This writing is not meant to condemn anyone using Facebook, I use it myself. Yet, like the man who said … guns don’t kill people … people kill people, so we must choose how we use what we use. I hope this writing serves as a reminder that posting pictures, videos, likes, dislikes, desires, and affinities on Facebook can portray a very wrong picture of where our hearts and loyalties reside. Being followers of Christ we must never forget that every day we are in a spiritual war for the souls of men, women and children. It therefore grows increasingly important to remember the all inclusive command to ‘do all for the glory of God’. (1Cornthians 10:31) Those words are still in effect today, even when using … Facebook.
One day… I fear we may regret much of what we ‘Liked’ on Facebook… knowing that in so doing we were encouraging people in things we know aren't God’s highest and best for their spiritual development.
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:36-37)
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. (Ephesians 5:11)
One day… we may regret every time we held back and failed to stand with Christ and what He teaches.
A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times." And when he thought about it, he wept. (Mark 14:72)
He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. (Matthew 12:30)
One day… we may regret posting things that we ‘love’ in this world instead of revealing the love of the Father.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15)
If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:19)
One day… we may regret being ashamed of Christ and His teachings.
For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." (Mark 8:38)
"Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. (Mat 10:32-33)
One day… we may regret our ‘selfies/profiles’ and our failure to bring self to the cross.
He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (John 12:25)
One day… we may regret our conforming to this world and our fellowship with its darkness.
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)
One day… we may regret not being clear where we stand and trying to straddle two worlds.
For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:7-8)
One day… we may regret our encouraging the humanistic sayings of this world and not the teachings of Christ.
Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? (1 Corinthians 1:20)
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "HE CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR OWN CRAFTINESS"; and again, "THE LORD KNOWS THE THOUGHTS OF THE WISE, THAT THEY ARE FUTILE." (1 Corinthians 3:19-20)
One day… we may regret desiring the ‘Likes’ of men rather than the ‘Likes’ of God.
…for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. (John 12:43)
But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. (1 Th 2:4)
…but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God. (Romans 2:29)
One day… we may regret the socially accepted way we chose to live our lives.
"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
One day… One day … maybe not this day… but make no mistake … the day of regret is coming, burning like a furnace.
"For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up," Says the LORD of hosts, "That will leave them neither root nor branch. (Malachi 4:1)
And then… all our excuses such as … “He didn't really mean that” or “I really didn't mean that”… or even… “I didn't really know what He meant”… will melt away like the morning mist in the noon day sun.
And then dear reader, when there is no more time to change… no time to learn and practice what is pleasing to God… we will regret these things.
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)
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (Col 1:9-10)
Then it will be what we did and not what we thought that will be all that matters… what will we do then?
Consider these things… but consider them… Today.
…again He designates a certain day, saying in David, "TODAY," after such a long time, as it has been said: "TODAY, IF YOU WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS." (Hebrews 4:7)
The StoneHouse Family, Nakuru Kenya