Some years ago, a few brilliant people created a few brilliant websites that are today part of our everyday life. If you’ve never heard of Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google or YouTube before, the rock you were sleeping under must have been really comfy.
While those tools revolutionized the way we do things like, working, studying and even cooking and parenting, they also have the potential to take us on a path we have never intended to follow.
Skeptical? So, you must never have wanted to watch a simple video on YouTube only to realize hours later that you can’t even remember why you sat there to begin with, and why you are watching videos of giant zits being popped? If this never happened to you, it at least happened to me. More than once. Okay, admit it, if it’s not giant zits, it’s something just as relevant.
Where am I going with that?
Would you know that in 2014, YouTube said that 300 hours of new videos were uploaded to the site every single minute? Whoa! Simply said, one does not have enough of a lifetime to watch all that has been uploaded over the course of a 48-hour period. So how do you figure it all out, and how do you really get expert advice out of this information jungle?
You may not like my answer, but it’s the most logical one in my opinion. Get ready to pay. The number of videos made by actual experts is most likely a minority, surrounded by a LOT of noise. While you may not have paid a penny for the info you got, you paid with your time, which is your life, which is a very valuable (the most important of them all!) currency.
Same goes with building up our faith
Do you have a genuine desire to follow the Lord Jesus, to trust and obey Him? My friend, it will cost you something. You can try to cut corners, but it just won’t do. Just like YouTube can’t teach you everything in life in a straightforward way, you will have to invest to get expert advice. I would even insist by saying that you should make sure you get expert advice, especially in our day and age.
God’s Word and His will are no products to be bought, but just like you paid for your Bible and the many books that help you grow your faith, consider investing in your spiritual life by getting the appropriate resources. Find a great conference you can attend. Research a book on a subject God has put on your heart. Give to your church. It’s worth the investment.
Also, you and YouTube is no true fellowship. You need other believers around you to grow, as iron sharpens iron. “The church is full of hypocrites”, you may say. Don’t you think that excuse is getting old? If you’re worried about people trying to look their best, although they fail all the time, you don’t need to go to church for that, baby that’s the world we live in. We all strive for more, but can’t seem to be able to attain it. This world is fallen. But we have a hope, and the church is full of people just like you and me who have a hope and who desire to be better, and who feel lonely in the crowd.
What I’m not saying
By no means am I saying YouTube is not an awesome tool. I’m just saying these virtual worlds we like to create won’t ever replace true fellowship and real straightforward expert advice. And if we’re not careful, we will spend much more than we intended while entertaining the illusion that it costs us nothing. Nothing in this world is free.
How can you invest in your faith life to make it grow? What are the things keeping you from going deeper? Join the conversation in the comments below!