Technology and isolation
Because of technology, we have so many opportunities to connect with people. And yet, people everywhere are feeling more disconnected and isolated than ever before. Ear buds let us listen to the exact songs or podcasts that we want to hear.
Self-checkout lines at stores ensure that we don’t have to talk to anyone else. Social media lets us pick and choose the people we follow and the messages we like.
Think about the last time you really went out of your way to start a conversation with someone you didn’t know. It’s a good bet that it’s been a while.
Reaching out and focusing outward
It’s true that technology has made us more isolated, but that’s not the whole story. The greatest hindrance to focusing outward toward others is focusing inward on ourselves. When was the last time you went out of your way to start a spiritual conversation with someone you didn’t know? The odds are good, again, that it’s been a while. Why is that?
It’s not because no one around needs to hear about Jesus. It’s not that the gospel has lost its power. It’s not that the Holy Spirit isn’t prompting followers of Jesus to speak up. If we’re honest, it comes down to the fact that we don’t make it a priority to reach out. It’s easier to stay quiet, to focus on our own lives, and take care of our own responsibilities.
Our opportunity to connect
In the face of such isolation, we have an opportunity to connect with people who are hungry for connection. Every day, there are people all around us who are looking for someone to reach out and show they care. The question isn’t, “Are people open?” Oftentimes, they are. The real question is, “Are you willing to reach out?”
Remember, God has called you to go on mission with Jesus. He has strategically placed you right where He wants you – at your school, in your neighborhood, with your friends, at your job – so you can shine His light to the people around you. Matthew 5.14-15 ESV says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.”
This blog features an excerpt from one of our Student Series books, Reach Your World.