Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God
1 Corinthians 10:31
I was hit with a disturbing fact today: I spend on average 9 hours a day on my computer.
Granted, my job requires me to be on it 8 hours a day. But seriously, that’s a lot of hours! That’s more than a third of my day!
That means that if I lived like this every day, I would have spent a third of my life in front of a computer screen. That really bothered me. Because I know that I am going to be held accountable for my time one day to Jesus.
Yet how rarely do I think about my time on the computer as time accountable to God.
That what I look at, the things I say online, the time I spend, the videos I watch, the music I listen to, the pictures I look at are all accountable to God just as where I drive to, what I say with my mouth, what I spend my money on, and what I choose to spend my time in real life are all accountable too.
We talk about our lives having different areas in it, which we are constantly learning to surrender to the lordship and love of Jesus Christ, yet I have overlooked this very thing in front of me.
This may be a totally strange thing to say, but I realized that I have not surrendered my time on the computer to Jesus Christ yet.
I realize now that this is not my personal computer. This is Jesus’ computer. He let me use it to love Him and to love others.
Google, YouTube, ESPN, Facebook are not sites for my enjoyment. They are sites to be used for Jesus’ glory.
Email, Google Chat, AIM, Facebook Chat are not chat applications where I can speak my mind freely. They should also be places where, when I speak, I should be “speaking the very words of God” (1 Peter 4:11).
And it’s not even just what I do on the computer that is convicting me, but as I alluded to earlier, it’s the time spent on it.
And this is not meant to be explored in the spirit of rigidity or restriction, as if God doesn’t want me to be on the computer or do certain things because he’s harsh. It is because I have set my life to obeying the greatest commandment in loving Jesus with all my heart, mind, and soul, and I earnestly desire that with this machine in front of me and the time I spend on it to fulfill that as well.
How much more filled with the Holy Spirit would I be had I not spent my time on the computer so carelessly? Click. Click. Click. Tap. Tap. Tap. Mindlessly surfing through the immeasurable amounts of internet and entertainment without a thought of Jesus.
Lord, give more revelation on this subject.