Wednesday, October 2, 2013

leverage technology



As our family gets quiet sitting in front of the television last night, we have a guest with us.  But my mind goes to one of those places where it just won’t leave.  Our routine each night includes family devotions.  We read a devotion and a passage from the Bible before praying together.

The devotional we use almost all the time comes from YouVersion which allows you to read the Bible on your computer or your mobile device, and it also offers plans that can include devotional readings.  The devotion we are currently using is for families with younger children.  It is about Bible heroes in the Old Testament.

Let me backtrack for a minute.  We recently got rid of cable at our house and began using Internet TV mainly with the help of Netflix.  That requires us to use a device that connects to the Internet, and one device we are using is AppleTV.  Our family likes Apples.  Not the fruit, but the technology such as Mac computers, iPhones and an iPads.  And one of the cool new things we have found is called AirPlay which plays content from your computer or mobile device on your TV.  It is cool.

Let me get to the point.  As we were doing our family devotion we were able to watch a short video and read scripture together as we watched it on our TV screen.  It helped us connect, talk about it and to read together.  This is just one more way that as a family we are seeking God.  It really is incredible.

I believe that we must leverage what we have for the good of the Kingdom of God.  All that we have and all the knowledge in the world is derived from the creator of all who is our great and mighty God, and it is also true that the enemy of the Christian is the fallen angel we know as Satan.  It is Satan’s job to pervert all he can.  Thus he takes these resources and relationships and messes with them.  It is time to redeem these resources and relationships for the good of God.

Use your phone to encourage you and others.  Leverage the technology in your pocket by sending text messages to friends of scripture or prayer or something encouraging.  Download the Bible on your phone and chose a reading plan that keeps you in the Bible each day.  Use your computer to study the Bible through all the tools that various websites and programs offer.  Literally we can leverage technology to help our faith grow.

We must also leverage technology to share the Gospel with as many people as we can.  Websites and social media such as FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram can be used to help people think about and come to know God. 

Use what is in your hand make God greater in your life and in the lives of the people you influence.  Leverage the technology you have to meet God personally and to share God’s love with others!

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.

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