Focusing on God and the story of a Chat room.
Colossians 3:1-4 : Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
How do I set my heart on things above? Now I think I have an idea..
I spent all of last week researching, reading up on the emergence of the digital age, which is causing a massive shift in how we communicate, how we relate and how we organize things. And in the midst of all the reading I was thinking a lot about the ministry pages I have founded on Facebook: The Bible, Praying People, I Expect God to Act!!! and Jesus Christ. And as I read about the importance of people being able to connect from across the world I realized that the Wall on my pages are actually really important places. A place for people to come and share scripture important to them, to ask for prayers and have questions answered. Take The Bible page wall, in the past week alone there were 683,125 Wall Posts, Comments, and Likes and 208,501 visits to the wall. Then I read about chat rooms and the dots started to connect..
What if I were to create a chat room space where people at any time in the day or night can visit and in real time chat with others, get prayed over, find support or just socialize? So about ten hours ago I created a chat room and posted the following comment on the Praying People wall:
Greetings! I am experimenting and working on a chat room situation where you can come and receive prayer in live chat.. I have set a room up, so if you would like chat click below. Oh I will be in the room! God bless, Mark Brown.
Almost immediately the room became full of people. I had purchased just the basic size so the numbers were limited to 25, and that number was reached quickly with people waiting to come in. People asked for prayers, others in the room prayed for them, I sat there stunned, praising God for the way He is works!
Then I left the room and went to bed.
I got up this morning and discovered that the room was still active and had been for more than 10 hours. People still coming together, seeking prayer and support, meeting people from around the world. I did a quick count and discovered that more than 200 people had moved through the room in the 10-hour period.
This has been a taste of what it means to Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Through my very earthly pursuits of researching and using the internet I have been striving to best serve God. Asking the question: How best can I glorify God through this internet stuff?
So when it says to set my mind on things above and not on earthly things it isn’t saying that I don’t involve myself in earthly stuff, but that within those earthly pursuits (like the internet) I make my focus God.
I am not called to live in a cave somewhere, my calling is to engage this generation on their terms (online) and keep my focus on God.
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