The social media application Facebook has uncovered a most basic need: the need to be liked. This need goes deeper than just wanting someone to “Like” your post; be it a picture or comment you placed on your page.
Quite simply, we want to be adored.
This is why we seek fame in any amount and avenue we can receive it. Without even realizing it, we can go to the greatest extremes to receive the adoration for which we yearn. If harnessed into a positive motivation, we can achieve great success. If we become obsessed in seeking adoration, it can become destructive.
What so many people do not understand, Christians included, is we are already so adored by God. When teaching the Israelites the magnitude of God’s love and the history of how the Lord kept His promises to Israel, Moses wrote:
“He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.” (Deuteronomy 32:10)
The Bible describes the body of believers known as the Church as the Bride of Christ. What groom do you know on his wedding day is not enrapt with his bride? What husband-to-be does not dream of spending the rest of his life with the beautiful woman with whom he has fallen in love and is soon to be wedded?
Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom of Heaven and one day will be united with His Bride. His love for us who follow Him is abounding and immeasurable. It is because of this love the Apostle Paul instructs husbands thusly:
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.” (Ephesians 5:25)
The funny thing about social media is that we, or at least in my own experiences, at times will be reminded by someone of a post we made and will have forgotten about it. This could mean a number of things, the least not being we probably post too much or what we did post just wasn’t that important.
Things that are very important though should be remembered. Anniversaries, birthdays, and appointments are important dates to remember. Addresses and phone numbers of family and friends need to be recorded and remembered.
The Prophet Micah writes of a book of remembrance:
“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name. ‘They shall be Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.’” (Micah 3:16-17)
Is your name in God’s Book of Remembrance? Have you settled for the fleeting adoration of virtual friends, many of whom you’ve never met or spoken to? Are the two thousand Facebook friends just not enough for you?
Can you think of any human being more famous, historical, or powerful than Jesus Christ? Can you imagine being considered a friend of God? It is not unimaginable nor is it impossible. Jesus Christ has made that friendship possible.
“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)
You might be thinking the things Jesus made known to His friends while here on earth are no longer knowable. You would be wrong for thinking that. The Bible is God’s love letter to us. Imagine getting a letter, much less a love letter, from someone with whom you desired a relationship and not reading it.
Go ahead and open your heavenly letter; open your Bible and read of the waiting adoration you so desperately seek.
God will surely give you a “Like” for that.
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