In [Christ Jesus] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. (Eph. 3:12)
Social networking websites have been around since the mid-1990s. But in recent years, social networking has exploded across the web. None, however, have exploded as quickly as Twitter. With over 300 million users in 2020, Twitter sees over 500 million tweets from users each day. Part of Twitter’s appeal is the access to famous people. Whether the famous person you want to follow is Brittany Spears or Beth Moore, followers read tweets that include personal information and pictures, creating a sense of intimacy between participant and follower. Where else can I send a direct message to a movie star or have a well-known Christian blogger retweet something I said? Whether perceived or real, Twitter has the feel of a discourse equalizer and opens up the conversation to anyone. This level playing field has helped skyrocket the social networking site’s success.
In the third chapter of Ephesians, Paul pointed out how we have equal access to One even more powerful. He reminded us that, because of Jesus, we have access to God. We may not have any right to enter into a holy God’s presence, but in the company of Jesus, we can approach God with humble confidence that we aren’t just made to feel like we belong for a moment—but that we truly belong. Paul called this, in verse 9, a mystery.
Come to God with humble confidence that you belong.
Andrea Summers is a teacher, pastor, writer, advocate, and campus pastor/dean of spiritual formation at Indiana Wesleyan University.
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