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  • MARCH 11 2020
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Mar 11, 2020 Season 1 Episode 8
Ramesh Richard

Social networking has transformed the way we think about others and ourselves. It is easy to get caught up in portraying ourselves as perfect, accomplished and impressive to others online. But the truth is that the online self does not accurately reflect our spiritual identity. To know our true selves, we need to go to the One who created and knows us for who we truly are. God made each of us with specific intention, and He invites all who are tired of trying to impress others to come to Him, to receive His rest and the peace that comes from being fully known. Will you accept this invitation? You think about it, let's talk about it.

TRANSCRIPT:
Hello world! Social networking services are all the rage at the moment, having crossed the one billion mark. I’m told that each person has about 125 friends. There’s 125 billion contact points, even though the population of the world is only 7 billion. I’m sure you’re on those sites as we are. I’d like to ask you as to why you want to be in that time sucker of a phenomenon, why you want to be constantly updating your profile as a power user, an addict perhaps, and a frequent user. What are you trying to do with constantly telling people what’s going on, where you are, and how it’s going to be in the future? All those posts and pokes and friends and followers—what are you trying to do with it? I’m told that people like to impress themselves with how good they look. That’s why they won’t put their passport picture there, they are trying to put the best possible picture of themselves, and cameras of course don’t lie, do they?

If all you’re doing is updating your personal profile in terms of where you are in location, it’s okay, but if you’re trying to impress yourself with prominence, and how important you are, and significance, and how you’re superior to others, I want you to watch out, because at that point, you’re not just in a social networking site, you’re attempting to make a spiritual statement about yourself, and that is the challenge. Because if you’re trying to impress yourself, and others are not as impressed with yourself as you are, by your associations, by your friends, then I need to check your heart.

Social networking sites are not to be helping you with your spiritual identity, because you’ve falsely constructed yourself. You’re trying to maintain that impression of yourself when it is absolutely wrong. If you’re trying to value yourself more highly than you should, you can fall into pride and conceit and arrogance. For that, you need a true estimate of yourself without being prideful in impressing yourself with who you are. For you to get the right value of yourself, you can’t find it from others who are trying to impress themselves, because all of us are in the same situation. You’ve got to get an outside view of who we really are, but inside the human situation. And that’s why this particular attempt is false.

If you’re trying to impress others with your accomplishment, with your offenses, with your arrogance, with your vulgarity, with your violence, with your vocabulary, I want you to really check your heart. Because there is one Person outside the entire human situation who has come inside the human situation to tell you how much He values you. You don’t have to be impressing yourself or impressing Him. He says, “I love you so deeply, that I’ll give you a sense of value and dignity so that you take My opinion of you as the way by which you self-value—value yourself.” Because God has put a profile picture of you, and He says, “I would like to be your friend and I know everything about you. Instead of being impressed with you or impressing yourself about yourself, I will put the picture of my Son up there, and I will be your friend. Forever. I’ll be your Savior. Forever...

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Social networking has transformed the way we think about others and ourselves. It is easy to get caught up in portraying ourselves as perfect, accomplished and impressive to others online. But the truth is that the online self does not accurately reflect our spiritual identity. To know our true selves, we need to go to the One who created and knows us for who we truly are. God made each of us with specific intention, and He invites all who are tired of trying to impress others to come to Him, to receive His rest and the peace that comes from being fully known. Will you accept this invitation? You think about it, let's talk about it.

TRANSCRIPT:
Hello world! Social networking services are all the rage at the moment, having crossed the one billion mark. I’m told that each person has about 125 friends. There’s 125 billion contact points, even though the population of the world is only 7 billion. I’m sure you’re on those sites as we are. I’d like to ask you as to why you want to be in that time sucker of a phenomenon, why you want to be constantly updating your profile as a power user, an addict perhaps, and a frequent user. What are you trying to do with constantly telling people what’s going on, where you are, and how it’s going to be in the future? All those posts and pokes and friends and followers—what are you trying to do with it? I’m told that people like to impress themselves with how good they look. That’s why they won’t put their passport picture there, they are trying to put the best possible picture of themselves, and cameras of course don’t lie, do they?

If all you’re doing is updating your personal profile in terms of where you are in location, it’s okay, but if you’re trying to impress yourself with prominence, and how important you are, and significance, and how you’re superior to others, I want you to watch out, because at that point, you’re not just in a social networking site, you’re attempting to make a spiritual statement about yourself, and that is the challenge. Because if you’re trying to impress yourself, and others are not as impressed with yourself as you are, by your associations, by your friends, then I need to check your heart.

Social networking sites are not to be helping you with your spiritual identity, because you’ve falsely constructed yourself. You’re trying to maintain that impression of yourself when it is absolutely wrong. If you’re trying to value yourself more highly than you should, you can fall into pride and conceit and arrogance. For that, you need a true estimate of yourself without being prideful in impressing yourself with who you are. For you to get the right value of yourself, you can’t find it from others who are trying to impress themselves, because all of us are in the same situation. You’ve got to get an outside view of who we really are, but inside the human situation. And that’s why this particular attempt is false.

If you’re trying to impress others with your accomplishment, with your offenses, with your arrogance, with your vulgarity, with your violence, with your vocabulary, I want you to really check your heart. Because there is one Person outside the entire human situation who has come inside the human situation to tell you how much He values you. You don’t have to be impressing yourself or impressing Him. He says, “I love you so deeply, that I’ll give you a sense of value and dignity so that you take My opinion of you as the way by which you self-value—value yourself.” Because God has put a profile picture of you, and He says, “I would like to be your friend and I know everything about you. Instead of being impressed with you or impressing yourself about yourself, I will put the picture of my Son up there, and I will be your friend. Forever. I’ll be your Savior. Forever...

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