The world is constantly bringing out its latest must-have gadget. In a total surrender to the spirit of covetousness, people have taken to calling these gadgets – “eye candy”. People have even sold body parts to get their hands on a tech device. In fact, one individual made the news for selling his kidney to secure his favorite technological desire. People are willing to line up for more than 24 hours or even pay individuals to line up for them in order to be the first to get their hands on the newest tech devices.
Regardless of price and at all costs, the desire to constantly upgrade to the latest and best is driving many on the earth.
Recent reports have exposed the inhumane work conditions and mineral mines that are needed to chain out these objects of lust. These reports do little to subdue the world’s cravings for newer, better and more. The latest TV, the biggest phone, the best tablet or newest smart watch – the list keeps growing and the world keeps wanting.
In Colossians Chapter 3 verse 5, Paul warns the church that covetousness is idolatry. Covetousness is a craving to possess something, it is a “must-have” spirit, where a person is willing to do anything to get their hands on their desired possession. The Apostle John instructs us:
“Do not love this world or the things it offers you, for when you love the world you do not have the love of the Father in you.” 1 John 2:15
How have these devices improved your life? Are your children’s faces always buried in a gadget? Is your spouse lying in bed with their favorite tablet? Remember when you all would gather around to eat dinner and the best social media gadget was the dinning room table? Many are more informed about what’s going on around the world through technology than what’s going on in their own homes.
I am not saying that it is wrong to own technology or even the latest gadget, in fact we thank God for technological advances (writing from my laptop here ya know). However, I am saying, it is time to dethrone it as a god in your life. Is the latest notification or “pling pling” or “beep beep” demanding your instant response but God’s voice comes in a distant second to your Facebook notifications?
In Church, it is common to see people constantly checking their latest notifications on their phones (not reading the bible) and can’t even give the Word of God thirty undistracted minutes. Technology has become a god to many – demanding attention, money, time and energies.
It is time for this false idol to fall. Here is my recommendation if you are addicted to technology:
- Implement one technology free day in the week. A day when you will switch off all technology – Facebook, TV, cell phones, gaming devices, etc. You may need to access your phone for emergency purposes, so implement some common sense measures :).
- Go on a technology fast – one week or a few days of no or limited technology use.
- Replace the idol with the True and Living God – have a bible study in your home; meet again around the dinner table; engage in a prayer time with your family; get to know each other.
Do you have any recommendations to break “techno-lust”? Have you experienced technology addiction? Share your thoughts with us below in the comments. Shalom brothers and sisters!
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