Where are we finding our worth?
The number of likes we get on Facebook?
The number of followers we have on Instagram?
The number of views we have on a post?
Why are we posting the things we are posting; whether that be pictures, articles, blogs, or statuses? Are we posting that picture because we want people to see a specific side of our life? Are we posting it to make someone else jealous? Are we sharing things because they are enjoyable to us or because we want people to hit the like, share, or follow button?
These thoughts have been flowing through my mind like crazy these past few weeks and I think for most of us the answer to these questions is most likely all of the above. We post because we are enjoying life and want to share whatever that moment is. We post because we want people to think we have it all together. We post because we want followers. We post to share encouragement. We post to share frustration.
Now do not get me wrong… I love Instagram as much as the next twenty something human being and the kind of post really isn’t my problem. It’s the motivation behind the post. When we find ourselves longing for more likes because it makes us feel as if our lives are valuable and worthy, that is the problem.
NEWS FLASH: YOU MATTER! YOU ARE VALUABLE!
No number of followers or likes makes some other person’s life more valuable or important than your own.
To me, I think when we get so focused on the number of likes or followers we have it is a bigger issue of feeling unfulfilled, lonely or unnoticed. We have this desire to be liked by everyone. Social media and technology has connected us in a way that we have never had before. People all across the world can know everything about our lives and follow us on different media outlets. This is both awesome and kind of daunting. On Instagram there are people who have millions of followers. Literally, millions. We want to have the most friends, have the latest styles, have this picture perfect life to show off to people and where does that get us? What does living to make others happy do for us? In most cases it leaves us feeling burnt out and unfulfilled. We are unfulfilled because we are trying to fill the void with things the world tells us will make us happy. Not surprising but, those things do not make us feel satisfied.
The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Galatians, “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10. Let me give you some background information on where Paul was coming from here. Paul has been with these people spreading the gospel of Christ that we are saved by grace through faith and not of good works. When Paul left there were certain people telling these new believers that they still needed to do some works of the law. They were also saying that Paul was watering down the gospel for them because they were gentiles and Paul was not being authentic. Paul was not having any of this. Paul was not spreading the Gospel to get people to like him, for him to be the center of attention, etc. No, he was sharing the good news of Jesus because God wanted him to do it.
Jesus tells us in the Gospel of John that he has come to give us life to the FULL. (John 10:10) The reason worldly things do not fulfill us is because there is something so much greater than those things that does! Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) That is right my friends, Jesus died on the cross and rose again for ALL. Not some. A L L. A little further on Jesus goes on to explain, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they know me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28).
No one can snatch them out of my hand… Jesus thinks your life is important and valuable. His love for you is what is fulfilling. There is no greater love than his.
What a p o w e r f u l thing that is.
So when we get caught up in moments of people pleasing and not feeling good enough because we only got a few likes on our post, come back to the knowledge that those things are not going to fulfill you. Christ’s love, mercy, and grace for you will. Likes and followers are temporary. Live the full life in Jesus!