Sunday Reflections – What’s Your Status?

Does your Facebook status accurately reflect all of who you are? Or, are you only posting about the dramatic parts of your life? Are you hoping people will think you are clever by what you post? Are you displaying only what you feel is socially acceptable? If all someone knew about you was from your Facebook status, how would they describe you? Would they have well-rounded view of who you are?

What about how people would describe you as a Christian? Are you genuine and appropriately transparent? Are you putting up a front and only showing what you think others want to see? Or, are you willing to be vulnerable when necessary? Are you the same person in private and in public, or do you act like a Christian only when others are watching? If people were to describe Christians based on only you, what would that description look like? Would it accurately reflect Christ?

As Christians, our goal is to show the world what Christ is like. This does not mean we need to be perfect. That’s not possible this side of Heaven anyway. It does mean that we need to continually improve, which comes when we pursue holiness. (Holiness means to be set apart.)

Pursuing holiness means doing our best to apply scripture – all of it – to our lives. (We don’t get to pick and choose what to apply and what to ignore.) Pursuing holiness means having a Christ-like attitude that is contagious. In today’s technological age, contagious means viral. Do you have a Christ-like attitude that’s going viral? Or, do you have a negative and critical attitude that others are catching?

Compared to the Facebook status of many people, my life is quite boring nor do I eat enough. Yet, my guess is that what I’m seeing doesn’t present the whole picture of their lives and who they fully are. But I find myself wondering if I am similarly guilty of presenting an incomplete picture of my life as a Christian.

I am certainly not advocating that people air every detail of their lives on Facebook. Some topics and details are simply meant for face-to-face conversations, IF they should be shared at all. (Some things should simply be kept between you and God.) But I’m also not advocating an in-your-face Christian who forces his beliefs on others. Instead, I am promoting that we purposefully decide to present who we are accurately and honestly by the lives that we live, whether virtually or face-to-face.

In other words, do your best to be real. As a Christian, that means letting the character of Christ in you be your status as a Christian. Let the Holy Spirit present opportunities to be real – flaws and all – in a way that shows the grace and mercy of Christ. That means that in being perfected, the fruits of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness and self-control) continually increase in our lives. No, not perfectly, just as no one’s Facebook status can accurately present a perfect life. Instead, with a sincere heart, do your “best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) A worthy status whether on Facebook or as a Christian. Come to think of it, shouldn’t these two status’ be one in the same anyway?

DISCUSSION: What adjustments can you make in your status starting today?

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6 thoughts on “Sunday Reflections – What’s Your Status?

  1. Interesting and challenging questions, Kari. Chris Patton's post a week or two ago highlighted Jim Elliott's life. I liked the phrase Elliott used. "I want to be a crisis man," meaning to live a life for Christ that brings others to a point of decision.

    I will admit I'm more mature and serious when I'm around some people or in certain situations than others. When I'm at a baseball game though, I tend to be more like a kid.

    • I actually read Chris' post too and was challenged by it also. We definitely do have to show different aspects of our personality based on the situation and context, which is essentially what you are getting at with being serious vs. being more like a kid. I need to be better at adapting myself like that. I tend to be too serious too much.

  2. I've had people actually tell me that facebook made them depressed – everyone's life seemed so perfect and wonderful. But then she said she realized that no one posts pictures of them not having fun on facebook. I told her I would do that just as a laugh, haha.

    • I just get a sense of a “front” being put on. Makes me uncomfortable. Actually, I don’t have a personal FB page because I think I would be too transparent and honest, if that makes sense. It was a deliberate choice much for that reason alone.

  3. I don't post much on Facebook but I do notice how many people post that they "will pray" for another. I just wonder about the sincerity of it all. Do you post what others want to see or what you really will do? Don't post that you will pray for all to see, JUST DO IT, and Jesus will see.

    • Words and actions must come together and not contradict. Our inner lives and our outer lives must not contradict. Others will eventually notice, and God always sees.

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