Your Story or Christ’s Story?

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.”—2 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV)
Have you ever taken a selfie before? Or maybe if you’re anything like my wife and myself, you might’ve taken a “usie.” In any case you find yourself posting the photos on social media for your friends and family to look at, and perhaps even write an affirming comment.
In no way am I saying that there’s anything wrong with this, as it’s become a cultural norm in modern society, and I see a lot of value in social media platforms. I will caution us, myself included, that this social norm can also slowly grow into a selfish aspiration. I find it interesting that as I type in the word selfie on my cell phone device, the spellcheck actually autocorrects it to the word selfish.
It’s been said that we live in a “selfie-centered society,” where Instagram pictures, Snapchat stories, and all other social media has become the overarching theme of our lives. Admittedly, I’ve even found myself paying more attention to someone’s futile Snapchat story than to the things in life that matter most.
Here is where I’m aiming with this. Christ unselfishly gave up His seat in heaven, His riches in glory, to come and live humbly on earth that He might sacrificially give up His life. He simply lived to die!
I believe that when He died for us on the cross, He wasn’t aspiring for attention or for a good Snapchat story, nor was He saying, “Look at me! Look at what I’m doing!” I’d suggest that instead, He was looking at us. Looking on at our need for a savior. He was looking at our sinful circumstances and our desperation for a perfect sacrifice. I believe He was looking on at us saying, “How can I help my beloved have a relationship in eternity with me? Oh, here’s how . . . It is finished!”
Friends, Christ created us in His likeness, in His image. As Christ-followers, we are called to live a life that reflects the love of Christ. A large part of that Christ-like love is sacrificial and unselfish. Let’s not allow social media to be the overarching theme of the story we portray in hopes for affirmation from people. Social media has its place and value. Rather, let’s point people to the story of Jesus.

Dig: Read Philippians 2:1–11.
Discover: Does your life and daily actions actually point people back to Jesus or do they draw attention to yourself?
Display: Live a more selfless life that points people back to the love of Jesus!

About the Author

Darren Bennett