There’s a difference between God and us. For starters, God is all present and all knowing. It seems, though, that sometimes we get mixed up. With the advent of cell phones we sometimes behave as if we are God or need to be God – always available. I’m not sure if we’re doing this for the people we seek to be available for or for ourselves and our need to be needed so that we feel important and necessary.
What can happen with this constant accessibility and availability is that we become a crutch for others and/or others become a crutch for us. Instead of pointing to God and looking to God, we look to people and people look to us. Instead of turning to God for guidance and strength, we turn to the cell phone.
Of course it is comforting to know that there are people who care and people we can call on. But what are the limits? What are the motives? When is it about supporting and engendering a deeper, more intimate relationship with God and when is it about us? We are already significant to God. Our being here speaks to our necessity – God has work for us to do.
Let us point people to God in Jesus Christ. Know when to disconnect.
By Claire Smith, www.missionandyouth.com