by Latricia C. Bailey
Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2 (ESV)
We are living in a time where people are looking for smart and efficient ways to deal with a variety of life issues and challenges. Most people either are or are beginning to be tech-savvy and find ways to make their lives easier by involving some aspect of technology in the process. We have navigation systems to guide us on the road when we need direction. Cell phones can be used to video chat, text, order food, play games, send documents, and way more things in addition to just making a phone call. There are even gadgets in place to control our homes through the alarm systems, Bluetooth devices, and even Smart TVs. Most people would agree that such technology is so necessary for us to function nowadays that we don’t know how we survived without them. Sometimes I think that we have become smarter and more efficient with technology, but there are times when that efficiency affects how we relate to one another; it can often make us lazy, distant from people, or detached socially. We text rather than have actual conversations with one another. People spend more time watching and sharing their lives via social media than they do really living. People judge others on what they have or don’t have, what’s trending, and how popular they are. Vulgarity and violence are often considered normal behavior in our schools, government, communities, and even churches. Our choices and influences have become what the masses “Like” or “Share” or “Tweet” and post.
In the book of Ephesians, Paul addresses the people on the type of lifestyle that they are living and admonishes them to make the distinction clear between their old lives and their new lives in Christ. In chapter 4 he says, “So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed” (Ephesians 4:17-19 NIV).
Our lives are heavily influenced by explicit shows, commercials, songs, media, and political misconduct. There is almost no shortage of inappropriate influencers in our lives that is seen more easily because of the speed of technology. There is nothing wrong with technological advances being part of our lives, but we must remember that just because we can learn things quicker or be more efficiently doesn’t mean that we are living life at the speed or manner that God wants us to live.
That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your mind; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:20-32 NIV)
Draw closer to the Lord and let the world know how you livin’ for Him.