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“These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.”

Luke 12:30-31 NLT


If you take a look at social media sites, you can see what dominates the current culture. The more we look at these things, the more they can begin to influence our own heart and in turn become a standard by which we grade ourselves. Therefore, we allow it to dominate our decision-making processes and even become obsessed with mimicking what we have begun to now idolize. Later in Luke 12:34, Jesus explains that whatever we treasure is where our heart will lie. 

Jesus cautions us in Luke 12:30-31, that we ought not to let those “things that dominate the thoughts of unbelievers”, be what concerns us. God knows our needs, and those very needs are the ones that are truly important. We may want possessions and money, but is it to make up for our lack of security in ourselves and try to use them to create our identity? Jesus is saying our true needs only can be met by the true God and not by these false gods and idols. Following Him and seeking the Kingdom of God will bring us the satisfaction we crave and can only be found in Christ. Our true needs are known by the One who can supply all that we could ever want, and in Him we should trust for our needs.


I know that I have often compared myself to the best clips of how people are doing on social media. Things that I see slowly become needs that I never had before. I had to stop to think if I gained these “things” what would that accomplish? Or rather, “Why would I NEED these things?” A lot of it would be to look good in front of others. It would make me feel accomplished and having the “perfect life.” But at what cost? Is it worth it to worry about how I look in front of others? Does it really last? None of these questions could be answered with an affirmative answer.  So what does that mean?

  1. Limiting the amount of time I spend on social media. I can say that even the marketing strategies of advertisements strike the very emotions of feeling like I need this or that to be somebody. This is what I am considering and it might be for others who can be influenced as well.
  2. Spend more time being real with God. Though He knows what we need and even want, He does want to hear from us. I know I have often poured out my heart to God, and not immediately but in a certain amount of time, He answers my prayer with what I want or what I really need.


Dear Jehovah Jireh, God Almighty, thank you for today’s Word to me. Thank you for challenging me to consider why I want things to take a look at what I really need. I come before you to ask for your healing and affirmation of my identity in You. Lord God, you are my creator and lover of my soul, please reveal to me the hidden needs that I have and help me to seek you to supply the very things that are eternal and worthy. Thank you for loving us and being our provider and giving us all we need to live. I love you and ask of this in Your Name, Jesus. Amen!


ルカ12:30-31 NLT




私はよくSNSのベストクリップと自分を比べてしまうことがあります。そうすると、今まで持っていなかったものが、徐々に必要になってくる。もし私がこれらの「もの」を手に入れたら、何を達成できるのだろうかと、立ち止まって考えてみる必要がありました。というより、「なぜ、これらのものを必要とするのか?その多くは、人前で見栄えをよくするためでしょう。そうすれば、達成感や “完璧な人生 “を手に入れたように感じられるでしょう。しかし、その代償は?人前でどう見えるかを気にすることに価値はあるのだろうか?それは本当に長続きするのだろうか?これらの質問には、どれも肯定的な答えが返ってきませんでした。  ということは、どういうことなのでしょうか?





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