More than just Facebook friends
Can a real relationship be built on just one click?
It almost seems a rarity today to receive a personal invitation to someone’s Birthday. Out of the 20 or so parties I have been invited to over the last year, about 2 or 3 of them have been personal invitations sent out on a card. The rest of those ‘invitations’ where sent to me via facebook.
I don’t know if people are becoming lazier or its because they think its easier, but people are becoming less personal with things such as birthday parties.
It's not just birthday’s though, it's starting to become most or all of our relationships (depending on how much we live online). We are having less face to face relationships with people, and therefore our friendships are becoming less personal and deep.
Created for relationship
We as humans created by God, are wired to be in relationship. When God created Adam, he saw that he was alone and said “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18). God saw that we needed to be in relationship with others. He created Eve for Adam so that they could be together, and Genesis gives us an insight as to how close they were “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” (2:25).
The man and woman were so close that they felt no shame from being physically naked, but also emotionally naked too. That’s incredibly deep and intimate.
Even though we shouldn’t be that deep and intimate with everyone (really only your marriage partner), we are still created to be in relationship with each other, not alone. We were created for real, long lasting friendships, and deep connections.
What kind of relationships do you have?
While facebook has its positives, it also has it negatives, and one of those is that it makes friendship about the press of a button and a quick wall post. We are made for so more than that!
We can have heaps of facebook friends, and yet still feel alone. That’s not right. We need real and deep intimacy.
However, true intimacy can only be found in the God who created intimacy.
Jesus longs and desires to be close and real to you because he is the true source of all intimacy and he created you for it.
Are you true friends with Jesus, and with those around you?