1 Samuel 12:1-13:23 John 7:1-30 Psalm 108:1-13 Proverbs 15:4
Verse of the day:
“You can’t become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!” (John 7:4 NLT)
Sharing is a billion dollar business. New companies like Wingsplay pay you to share ads on Facebook and Twitter. An algorithm evaluates your social media presence and attaches a dollar amount to your influence. If you have enough followers, sharing can pay. Whether you’re clicking ‘share’ or telling a story to a coworker, Christians can get trapped in an overly simplistic assumption…
If it’s ungodly, never share. If it’s godly, always share.
Jesus challenges us to consider a third option. Maybe . . . sometimes . . . Jesus wants you to . . . keep it to yourself. That’s right. DON’T share. Yes, Jesus taught and prayed in public, but he also instructed you to “go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).
Think about the dangers of an overly-shared romantic relationship. He takes her out to dinner, and then posts a picture on Instagram. She receives a gift and tweets her thank you note. #BestBoyfriendEver He posts about how great she is, and she relays the same. The engagement streams on Facebook Live. There’s a shareable GIF of her reaction to the wedding ring.
One day, they wake up and wonder . . . who am I doing this for? Am I in love with you? Or am I in love with the reactions I get from people seeing us in love? Am I on a date with you? Or am I on a date to show my 1000 followers how charming I am and how worthy I am of someone like you?
It’s not an easy call. I’ve certainly participated in the majority of examples above and will likely continue, but here’s the challenge: are you over-sharing? Privacy is a spiritual discipline. Affection is personal; it’s private. Sometimes God gives you a moment to share with the world, and sometimes, it’s just for you. Use discretion. Pause and ask. The most powerful moments in your life may be the ones you never share.