Focal passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-12
Isn’t it amazing how technology, the thing intended to simplify our chaos, often seems to do exactly the opposite? Social media, for example, has streamlined our ability to connect with people around the world, but it has also made relationships much more complicated. Should we add a friend we’ve only been introduced to in passing? Should we devote hours to scrolling through posts or wishing happy birthdays? Should we live under the pressure of staying in touch with friends from decades past?
I can say without hesitation that although technology is far from the root of the problem, God never intended for us to live in so much drama. Instead, Christ calls us to a change in perspective. Our love for Christ, not our access to technology, should drive how we interact with others.
We must filter every relationship in our lives through an attitude that puts Christ first, people second and ourselves third.
Paul provides guidelines for relationships in 1 Thessalonians 4, explaining that we are to approach others with purity and humility. As we put others before ourselves, we are to be careful to “not transgress and take advantage of a brother or sister” (1 Thessalonians 4:6). God calls us to flee from impurity and live lives of holiness.
We are to focus on our own actions instead of the circumstances of others. Paul instructs, “seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, as we commanded you, so that you may behave properly in the presence of outsiders” (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12a).
Yes, social media can be wonderful. I love being able to catch up with friends from decades past.
But you’ve got to admit, it can be so tempting in front of a screen for us to become consumed with comparing ourselves to others. When we allow God’s love to lead us, not only are our lives simplified, but we are set free to truly love those around us.