One day as I was praying, I felt a tugging on my heart; immediately I stopped praying and became silent. After about two minutes in complete silence, God spoke these memorable words into my heart “CUT OFF EVERYTHING THAT IS DISTRACTING YOU!”
Like anyone else, I begin to pose many questions…What am I distracted by? How do I cut it off? When do I cut it off? Is this really you, Lord? After asking each question the only response I received was “CUT OFF EVERYTHING THAT IS DISTRACTING YOU!” Feeling uncertain, I begin to journal until I received a notice on Instagram. Immediately, I put down my notebook and picked up my phone to check my account. At that very moment I became convicted! I had forsaken the sweet presence of God in order to scroll down a timeline. I knew in my heart—Social media was distracting me along with other things. Being obedient to the Holy Spirit, I uninstalled my social media apps and began to pray.
There is nothing wrong with social media; in fact, it is a pretty helpful tool, and I primarily use it for spreading the Gospel. However when social media begins to distract you from spending time with God and being obedient, then there is a problem and problems need solving . Personally, I became distracted despite having honorable intentions. The time I spent studying the Word would be cut short so that “I could post” what the Holy Spirit had shared with me. Time that could be better spent at the feet of Jesus was spent scrolling down a timeline. Quite simply, social media gradually began to chip away at the time I would usually spend on my face before God.
So far, I have been off social media for 10 days and this time has been absolutely amazing. I have spent the majority of my free time in prayer, worship, and the Word of God. During this time, God has truly poured into me. He has showed me areas of my life that need change. He has revealed to me my next assignment; He has made it plain that I must abandon my dreams, my goals, and my comfort for the sake of His Gospel. He has separated me from the influence of this world in order to prepare me so that I can take up my cross and live for Him. You might say to yourself “giving up social media allowed you to experience all of this” or “it doesn’t take all that to follow Christ;” however, I needed to be completely focused to receive what God was trying to give me. I had to be completely separated from the influence of this world in order to truly surrender to God and fully devote myself as His vessel.
Social media is a reminder of the world and its values; however, what God requires of me is totally contrary to what social media portrays. God knew that if I was distracted, I would have run away from His assignment; and instead, chose my comfortable lifestyle. Therefore, I had to separate myself momentarily in order to step out on faith and surrender all. My reasons for taking a break from social media may not be like most, but I am certain that I am a better person because of my decision. Will I return to social media? Yes, in due time. But, I know what God is instructing me to do, and I know what my obedience requires. In order to develop in certain areas of my faith and character, I must guard my heart until I am strong enough not to be influenced. Until that time comes, social media, television, and certain activities will have to wait on the back burner!