Would Jesus waste his time on Facebook?
No, and probably yes.
WASTE HIS TIME?
No, Jesus would not waste His time. Jesus is not like many of us who mindlessly click on links, videos, ads and posts just to satisfy our curiosity or to put in time as we procrastinate doing something that needs to be done but we don’t want to do it.
Jesus was very intentional about the use of His time and He knew His priorities. He had only 3 years of public ministry to accomplish the Father’s will, which He did.
Jesus was intentional even when His priorities differed from those of His disciples and others:
- In Mark 1:36-39 Jesus got up very early in the morning, left the house and found a solitary place to pray. His disciples came looking for Him and when they found Him they exclaimed, “Everyone is looking for you!“ Jesus replied in verse 38, “Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” Jesus was not distracted by the expectations of His disciples or even by human needs that surrounded Him.
- Jesus took time for children. In Matthew 19:13,14 people brought little children to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them but the disciples rebuked them. However, Jesus’ response was, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them” (v.14).
- Bartimaeus was a blind man who in Mark 10:47 called out to Jesus as He passed by, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many people in the crowd rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more. Jesus heard him and stopped. He listened to his request and He restored the man’s sight.
- Peter was one of Jesus’ closest friends but when He told Jesus that Jesus should not suffer and die, Jesus’ response was harsh. He said, “Get behind me Satan…You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men” (Matthew 16:23). Jesus was not distracted even by those who were concerned for His well-being.
Jesus could be intentional and focused because He knew His priorities which could be summarized in this – doing the will of His Father. Jesus often spoke of doing His Father’s will, such as in:
-John 4:34 -“My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
-John 6:38 – “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”
Jesus sought the Father’s will in prayer before choosing His 12 disciples and in Gethsemane as He wrestled with God’s will for Him to go to the cross.
In order to fulfill God’s will, Jesus came as a servant. Jesus expressed it this way, “I came not to be served but to serve” (Mark 10:45).
It would be possible for Jesus to pursue the Father’s will using Facebook, but would He? I think probably, yes.
WHY JESUS WOULD LIKELY USE FACEBOOK
- His mission
Jesus would use tools to help Him go where the people are. In His earthly ministry, He sought out people who were rejected by the religious leaders and others, those who felt like failures, those who were hurting, those with physical and emotional needs, those who were searching for God, for meaning and purpose in life.
Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
I was quite astounded by these Facebook stats:
- 1.37 billion daily active users on average for September 2017
- 2.07 billion monthly active users as of September 30, 2017
I think Jesus would be quite interested in this platform for His ministry!
HOW JESUS WOULD USE FACEBOOK
Jesus would use Facebook differently than many of us. He would seek not just to communicate but to connect with people.
One way He did this in the gospels was through quality conversations. Two such conversations were with:
–Zacchaeus, the tax collector (Luke 19:1-10) who after having Jesus in his home decided to give half of his possessions to the poor and to pay back anyone he cheated four times what he stole from them.
–the woman at the well (John 4), an outcast in her own community who shared with her community her experience with Jesus and because of that many people put their faith in Him.
TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS
Jesus lived in a world 2000 years ago that was very different from our world today.
Imagine living in a time:
- that was not constantly interrupted by screens, dings, rings, and beeps?
where people were not dependent on technology and electricity?
when there were no motorized vehicles?
when there was little access to other countries and cultures beyond one’s borders?
One very significant difference between Jesus’ world and ours that impacted how He did ministry was that Jesus had to walk everywhere he went. Some people estimate that Jesus likely walked 15,000-21,000 miles in His lifetime. In spite of all these steps, He didn’t go far from where He was born (see One Solitary Life originally written by James A. Francis).
“JESUS ATE HIS WAY THROUGH THE GOSPELS”
Besides conversations, Jesus connected with people over food. He often ate in the home of three single siblings – Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. After Jesus brought Lazarus back to life, Lazarus held a dinner in his home to honor Jesus (John 12:1-8). This is when Mary poured perfume on Jesus’ feet.
Another dinner was given in Jesus’ honor by Levi after Jesus called Levi to follow Him (Luke 5:29).
Jesus was accused of being a glutton and drunkard (Matthew 11:19), an accusation that would not have been made unless He had spent time with those who did eat and drink too much.
Jesus also enjoyed larger celebrations such as the wedding at Cana where He performed His first miracle.
Jesus lived quite differently than many of us.
Skye Jethani observes how private and isolated the lives of westerners have become:
Family zones are demarcated by fences. And within the home, family members are zoned into private bedrooms – each with a television, Internet connection, and telephone. The suburb, like the consumer worldview from which it came, forms us to live fragmented and isolated lives of private consumption.” (Skye Jethani, The Divine Commodity, Zondervan, 2009)
TURN THE QUESTION AROUND
Instead of asking if Jesus would be like us, wasting time on Facebook, we should turn the question around and ask if we would be like Jesus if He were on Facebook?
- Be intentional about your time.
- Seek to connect and not just communicate.
- Seek to minister to the needs of people you meet on Facebook.
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