There are no two ways about it, technology speeds the mind but omits the spirit. When we look around these days most people are talking into their hand, have a blue tooth hanging out their ear or enjoying some new gadget. If we have something important to ask we do not dare disturb a person engaged in their technology. They will either ignore us or shoo us away like we are a fly.
Even if they are standing next to us, texting is the best way to get an ounce of attention from them. Some are talking into their devices so loudly they can be heard all over a supermarket. Others are thumbing messages while looking intently into their little phones. Numerous people are taking selfies and posting all on social media only to say look at meeeeeeeee.
Cell phones, as convenient as they are, are saying to people who are in their presence, “Do not disturb.” People will engage themselves in a texting war during school when they should be listening to the teacher, while driving when they should be paying attention or even during church where they should be learning about salvation through Jesus Christ.
There was a post just today on social media from a Christian man who went to the gym. In the locker room there was only one person not engaged in a cell phone activity. When approaching that man to make general chit chat he found that he was the brother of a good friend. They caught up on all the latest news and parted their ways encouraged and lifted up. In a locker room full of men, only two were available to speak yet those two received a blessing from God.
Even in the book of Genesis with Adam God said it is not good for man to be alone so He made Eve. Is this loneliness not becoming true today? We can reach out and physically shake hands with other people yet nobody is available to hear us because of these phones. There is no love and compassion for the ones around us if full attention is given to these phones, which by the way are a material thing.
The last days are here. People are so focused on technology they fail to see the obvious. People can hop on an airplane and be anywhere in the world in just a matter of hours depending the destination. These things were not possible a century ago and now things are becoming more convenient by the day.
Let us not become so focused on the technical devices that we fail to acknowledge our brothers and sisters standing beside us. Jesus would never treat anybody that way. In fact, Jesus does not own a cell phone making Him available to us at all times. He loves us. Do we not have even a moment to acknowledge Him? What about the lonely people all around us? Is there not a hello for them? The time is now to show brotherly love because we are not promised the next minute.
Daniel 12:1-4 New Living Translation
The Time of the End
“At that time Michael, the archangel who stands guard over your nation, will arise. Then there will be a time of anguish greater than any since nations first came into existence. But at that time every one of your people whose name is written in the book will be rescued. Many of those whose bodies lie dead and buried will rise up, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting disgrace. Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever. But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.”