One of the many regular features you can expect here at the Digital Sojourner is Jottings.
What exactly are jottings you ask?
Jottings are simply brief notes quickly written down– an attempt to capture an insight that is worth remembering. The inspiration behind a jotting can come from almost anywhere… a book, a song, a conversation with a friend, a sermon, or maybe even a thought that comes to mind while taking a walk on a cold winter morning.
We will attempt to share our jottings with you regularly… hopefully, you too will find each captured thought as something to be remembered.Read More
“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1Pet.2:1.)*
In navigating the brave new world of the Internet, Christians must remember their identity before God. The Scripture above describes them as “sojourners and pilgrims”: two terms that set them apart from the rest of humanity, as well as placing significant responsibilities on them.
Believers are sojourners in the sense that this world is not their permanent home. The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross to purchase them and so their lives are no longer their own (1 Cor. 6:20.) Instead, they have been called out from the world to live differently from the masses all around who are time-bound and earth-bound with no hope of eternal life with God.
The term “pilgrims” emphasizes that they are going to another land. Like Abraham who left the establishment of the fertile crescent for the strict nomadic existence of dwelling in an impermanent structure. The symbols of the patriarch’s life were the tent and the altar. A tent declared that this was not their final dwelling. While the altar demonstrated their focus upon the eternal God who called them to share His life – beginning in this world but also extending into the age to come (Heb. 11:8-10; 13-16.)
The onset of the information age, with its flagship the world-wide-web, does not change the character and calling of believers. They cannot settle down into this new digital world and be entirely comfortable, as if this is their home. They must use email, social networks, blogs, websites, and other exciting technological advances in a way that glorifies God.
Someday people will power down their e-devices for the final time and enter eternity. These modern tools ought to be used to bear witness to Christ’s gospel, as well as for the edification of His people. As in the real world, Christians must steer clear of that which defiles on the web; instead using the easily accessible information to think on things that are pure (Phil. 4:8.) They must also use mass communication tools to propagate the good news that Christ died on the cross for our sins according to the Scriptures and that He was raised from the dead according to those same Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:1-4.)
Believers must approach the web with stewardship in mind. E-commerce ought not to become an excuse for covetousness and materialistic indulgence. What is more, they must be responsible stewards of the time that God has given them. As Ephesians 5:16 says: “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. A well-timed email can brighten a fellow-Christian’s day. Likewise, a timely Scripture posted on one’s Facebook page can turn another’s thoughts toward eternity.
The numerous Bible study websites and pages with millions of public domain volumes can be carefully used to augment our personal Bible study, while also gleaning excellent illustrations of God’s truth from different resources on the web. In short, the web is what you make of it: be an e-sojourner and an e-pilgrim!
*Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are cited from the New King James Version.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. Hebrews 11:8-10
God gave Abraham a command, “to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance.” In faith, the Scriptures tell us, he obeyed the command of God. He went.
In a similar fashion, God has given each of us a command. “But now, [God] commands all people everywhere to repent” Acts 17:30. Therefore, today, everyone is faced with the same decision like Abraham faced… to obey God’s command or not. I grappled with this decision… do I really need to repent? Am I that bad? As I considered these questions in the light of His word it became clear. God is right, I am a sinner… in faith I must go to the cross of Calvary and repent. (Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:30, Romans 3:23) Have you spent time seriously considering God’s command to repent?
Abraham was a sojourner.
As a result of Abraham’s obedience he left the familiarity of his homeland. He traveled as a stranger in a foreign land. He lived in tents, representing the transient nature of his life.
Today, those who truly obey God’s command to repent find themselves sojourning in a strange and foreign land. A world that has rejected the one true God, rejected His commands, and rejected His Son, Jesus Christ.
Are you a sojourner?
The modern world in which we live is fast paced and interconnected. Facebook, Twitter, smartphones, iPads and Androids. Instantaneous information 24 hours a day. Overwhelming and addicting at the same time. Some dropout, vowing never to touch a computer. Others have gone to the opposite extreme… checking their email before getting out of bed in the morning or ducking into a bathroom during the day to get a quick fix of Facebook. They have become digital junkies.
The purpose of this blog is to help the modern Christian in finding a healthy balance somewhere between the two extremes. How can we use technology to help us in the journey, without it becoming a false god? How can we use modern technology to glorify God?
So, welcome to the Digital Sojourner. Lord willing, and with God’s help some of the regular postings you can expect here are:
- Reviews of helpful websites & software
- Bible commentary
- Simple how-to articles
- Accountability in a digital world
- Stewardship of resources
- Interviews with fellow digital sojourners
- Jottings… short quotes and thoughts
Today, the journey begins… pray that the Lord will use this blog to aid His people, and to bring glory to His name.Read More
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