So what’s the big deal about a picture of you? Nothing, unless you are the one repeatedly taking it, from a hundred different angles, and posting it daily for the world to see.
Is it a sin in itself? No, of course not, but it can speak volumes about the condition of a heart and who loves to be the center of everything. Remember; “In the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, wanting the center of attention, which will lead them to be covetous, boasters, and proud. Then on to being blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.
3 A totally selfish life will eventually lead a person to be without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Believe it or not, many of them will still go to church and have a form of godliness, but deny the power of My Spirit: If you are one of My followers, turn away from them as fast as possible,” 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
No, you may not be any of the other things, but notice the first step is all about being a lover of self, a selfie!
The major issue here is, you are living in the age of self preservation, and the Church has been totally polluted by it. Believers are openly confessing, “I got to take care of myself, pamper myself, and look out for myself,” and tragically, ninety nine out of one hundred pastors will agree with you, and disagree with Me.
I said, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny selfie, and take up his cross, and follow Me,” Matthew 16:24. Don’t you see, I AM trying to set people free from themselves.
Take a close look at your mental attitude and it will reveal your spiritual condition. How much of your thought life is searching for places to lay down your life for others, and how much is about working for, or buying or saving or preserving something for yourself?
When My Spirit prompts you to do something for someone, something that will cost you, do you think what will be left for Me, and then decide whether to obey or not? If so, your condition is not good!
Just survey the number of things on Facebook you post about yourself and the number of things you have posted about Me. I am not being mean, I AM bringing a solution to a big problem.
Surprisingly, most selfies are not taken with a camera! The problem is: a selfie life has left millions of believers powerless, with no signs following to confirm that they believe, Mark 16:17-18.
When you are embarrassed to use My name in public, it’s another form of selfie, by trying to save your reputation. Many of you take selfies when you are too embarrassed to pray for someone in a mall openly and if someone else does you tend to hide selfie in the background.
The solution is simple; make up your mind you are seriously going to follow Me. Going to church and singing, or reading your bible once in a while does not mean you are following Me.
Those that choose to follow Me, choose to die to selfie and allow My love to so consume them. When they die to all selfie life they become fully alive with My life, 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Do not feel condemned in any way if you have hundreds of selfies posted everywhere? Simply use this to reevaluate your walk and see if possibly the enemy has side-tracked you into the spirit of the age of selfie!
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with TV and radio, teaching, and preaching, a retired businessman, Jim now helps to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who feeds them. He’s become His banker and is privileged to give His money away, wherever He decides, so he’s also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his LORD, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lives every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice.|