Titus 1:16 says, "Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good." Now, in this particular verse, Paul was referring to the unbelievers who hadn't surrendered their lives to God and their corrupted minds, but whoa, Paul! Those words are packed with truth and a light so bright, it exposes our sin, if we're willing to accept it.
We know from Scripture that anything we exalt above God in our lives is idolatry. The problem is that sometimes we do it subconsciously and it goes unnoticed. In the few times I have accidentally left my phone at home, I seriously thought I'd start hyperventilating! What is this hold this cellular gadget has on me? That was my initial reaction. That feeling of being totally and completely disconnected from the world and all that is right with it, was later replaced with a feeling of freedom and the curtain was pulled back, revealing a beautiful world out there with people, nature, and conversation! Go figure. It's been a while since then. I try to detach myself from technology when I fear it may wrap its tentacles around me again. I've even had to deactivate my Facebook account a few times for a while to concentrate on meaningful things.
Beware! Run from idolatry and anything that you begin to put before God. Do you
check your Facebook account first thing in the morning before even spending time
with your Heavenly Father, who just allowed you another day of life? Do you take
your cell phone in the bathroom with you, "just in case?" Guess what? We're not
that important! We DON"T have to be found or available 24/7, and you CAN hear
your phone from inside your purse or across the room! We're not attached to
them, though sometimes it may seem like it.
Many things that are created for our entertainment and convenience have become such a part of our lives, that we couldn't imagine our lives without them anymore. Our phones and computers have become our modern encyclopedias, GPS systems, business finders, cameras ,etc. Yes, convenient, but I fear that in this "blogging" and online diary (Facebook) age, we've become so focused and intentional on capturing so many moments of our daily lives, that we may not actually be living them or enjoying them. Evaluate yourself and take a break when needed. The world can survive without knowing what we're having for dinner for a while. Our families would also greatly benefit by enjoying more of our undivided attention.
We should be having a love affair with our Bibles, not technology. We should crave God's Word, prayer time, and worship time. It should be a way of life, confirmed by our words AND actions. We fail to fully appreciate the work, the price that has been paid for our ransom, when we can't wait to see what the world is up to, rather than quieting our minds to seek the Father, or erupting in praises to Him for being our all in all.
No, balance isn't key here. Our study time, prayer, worship, and living life should always far outweigh our time spent feeding our screen addictions; t.v., phone, social media...
Technology can be the devil's playground just like anything else. We should be rooted in God's Word so well, that the slightest change in devotion should be quickly caught and revealed by God's Holy Spirit. If our minds are focused on Him, then we'll hear Him when He tells us we're overdoing it. But will we listen? Let's pray we'll remain sensitive to God's voice.
John 10:27- "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me."