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Did You See Jesus’ Status? By Cleo Dailey III

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24

Cleo Dailey, III (Modern-day Lazurus)There she was, clothes torn, half-dressed, as the Pharisees dragged her from the married man’s house. The woman was finally caught in the very act of adultery, and according to Jewish tradition, there was to be no long, drawn out trial. She was to be stoned. Then Jesus walks up and pulls out His phone and exclaims “World Star!” …No, wait, that is not how this happened…

While this imagery seems quite comical, it does pose the question of how our beloved Christ would manage social media in this day and age. I present the following questions: If Jesus had a Facebook page, would He have taken selfies with the disciples before healing people? Would He have posted shouting music? Would He have emotionally blasted the Pharisees every time they did him wrong? Would He have made a GoFundMe account to fund His feeding of the 5,000, or travels? There are so many avenues to gain status and following. Yet, Jesus without the use of any of these vices produced mass followings everywhere that He went. This opens dialogue in so many different ways, but for the sake of time, I submit that it wasn’t flashy pictures or scandal that garnered acclaim. It was power…

Whenever Jesus acted in His divinity it brought about more opportunity to expand the Kingdom. Jesus did not at any time seek out self-aggrandizement; rather, his meat was only “to do the will of the Father.”(John 4:34) We live in a time where we have so much opportunity. An email can be sent in less than three seconds. Yet, our discipleship is questionable. We post fight videos and worship services almost in the same hour. In this day of catchy apps and “Facebook Fame”, my prayer is that your widespread reach has tunnel vision. All that we do should be for the glory of God. We are to be set apart-meaning, something significantly different should be seen in what we do than in others. Humble yourselves that in due time the Lord Himself shall exalt you. Use social media to bring Him fame, not to shame yourself.