4Feb

If Christians Cared More: Facebook and the Gospel

Facebook turned 10 years old yesterday.

In 10 years Facebook has grown from a fledgling website meant to connect Harvard students across campus to a global social media network with 1.23 billion users.

In 10 years Mark Zuckerberg went from a Harvard dropout to the chairman/CEO of a company worth more than $134 billion with his personal net worth estimated at over $19 billion.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary, Zuckerberg posted a letter on Facebook detailing his perspective on the incredible and surprising of Facebook. His reflections were compelling:

When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: why were we the ones to build this? We were just students. We had way fewer resources than big companies. If they had focused on this problem, they could have done it.

The only answer I can think of is: we just cared more.

We just cared more about connecting the world than anyone else. And we still do today.

That phrase leaped off the screen, we just cared more.”

When nobody thought what they were doing was possible, “we just cared more.”                                                  When nobody wanted to join up in their cause, “we just cared more.”                                                                                 When people wrote off their lofty goals as youthful naivete, “we just cared more.”

Mark Zuckerberg and his team were willing to risk time, money, and social status to see if their dream could become a reality…and it made me wonder why we as Christians frequently aren’t willing to risk that much to live out the Gospel. And I do mean “we” myself included.

Except there’s a MAJOR difference in Zuckerberg’s riskiness and ours. His dream was just that…a dream. An idea. A ludicrous concept. Yet OUR dream…to live out our faith in such a real way that people come to know and grow in Jesus because of how we spend our time, money, and social status…or to borrow a more succinct mission statement from my church, “transformed lives transforming the world” comes with a guaranteed success rate.

Jesus doesn’t suggest or hope that we’ll make an impact if we live “transformed lives transforming the world.” He GUARANTEES it. PROMISES it.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35

Jesus promises if we live our lives with a Zuckerberg boldness the world WILL know we’re on his team. They WILL see and take notice. Our risk WILL equal others’ reward as they find and follow Jesus.

But it takes risk. It takes us caring more than we currently do, if we’re honest.

3 Ways to Care More

1.) Do a heart inventory.

Before you can act outward, you need to see what’s going on in your own life first. Often we get blinded by our own pride or bad habits. King David knew this feeling as well. Yet he still prayed for God to show him what needed to be changed in his own life before he could better care for others,
“Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts![c]
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting! – Psalm 139:23-24
2.) Make one small financial change this week.
Can you even imagine what an incredible impact the Church could make if it were full of people who were debt-free? People, unlike me for a lot of my life, who refused to paid for today with tomorrow. Maybe you need to stop the credit cards from snowballing out of control. Your small change could be cutting up one card and signing up for Financial Peace University to learn how to manage money God’s way. 
– Maybe your one small change is to start giving to your local church. – Maybe your one small change is giving a $5 Starbucks/Sonic gift card to someone you appreciate.
– Maybe your one small change is taking someone out to lunch because they really just need someone to listen.
3.) Share your Jesus story with someone. 
I know it’s scary. And historically, Christians have manufactured some really creative ways to get around verbally telling someone about the hope we have in Christ. We have misquoted St. Francis of Assisi as once saying, “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary…” That’s like saying, “Be fit all the time. Go to the gym if necessary…”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     While we definitely need to live out our faith with actions, we’re also called to be ready with an answer for the hope we have in Jesus. That takes words. Not eloquent words. Not a lot of words. Not even necessary Bible words. Just YOUR words about what Jesus has done in YOUR life. Share your story. Because you CARE.
Christians, we need to care more. When people think you’re weird because you have a financial plan that glorifies God, just look at them and say, “We just cared more.” About people. About God. About advancing the kingdom. We just cared more about that than about our own desires.
When people seem turned off at your outspoken joy for what Christ has done, just say, “We just cared more.” About people. About God. About the incredible Gospel story. We just cared more about using every breath we had to tell as many people about the only thing that really matters than we did about our own desires for comfort or our social status.
Will you care more today?

 

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