I am on pretty much all the social network sites and I try to stay pretty active on them too, though sometimes it’s hard. I love following a wide variety of people on Twitter and Facebook (not so much on Google+ at the moment), mostly other Christians. I love hearing other perspectives and opinions other than my own and those whom I have come to respect as leaders in the Body of Christ.
The more variety in my social network, the more variety in aspects of our Lord. However, another effect of following such a wide variety is that it’s virtually impossible not to notice trends in behavior in people across a wide scope of doctrinal backgrounds. You could do case studies using Twitter and Facebook if you wanted to and the data would be surprisingly accurate.
One trend I’ve noticed above all the others is that most Christians when they are failing in life in general, not “feeling” very spiritual, having a difficult time with a specific flaw or sin, or having a tough time sensing the presence of God, is that they (I’m included here) tend to give in to the ridiculous thought that they are no longer within the love of God. That somehow, when they feel it or sense it, they are in Christ, but when things aren’t looking so “Christian” and bright and pretty, they then think they are outside of Christ. Like somehow feelings and emotions are a gauge to decide their spiritual status.
Let me make myself quite clear here: If you’re a believer in Christ Jesus (a real, genuine follower of Him), then no matter how you feel, what things around you look like, you are in Christ. You are just as united to Him today as you were a week ago when you could “feel” it. There is absolutely no reason to ever believe you aren’t–no matter what your emotions tell you.
There are two basic facts to our daily walk in Jesus as children of the Most High God: 1) That you are in Christ because of His blood, because He rose again, and because He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within you. 2) That your emotions simply can’t be trusted at all times. Now, don’t get me wrong, please, He created emotions and they are good. He made us to feel certain things like joy, sadness, happiness, pain, sorrow, exhilaration, and many, many more. But the truth is, especially for those who are like me, very young in their faith, though God created them, they too, like our flesh, can’t always be something that can be depended on–especially when it comes to gauging our spiritual status.
Why? Because our emotions on some days will tell us that we are losers, that we are terrible Christians and don’t deserve to be called sons and daughters of God; on others they will say that we are super-spiritual, crazy-holy, and seemingly perfect. Then on other days we won’t feel either of those. On those days we feel neutral, stale, on auto-pilot. In fact, we can feel all of these different emotions within the course of one day, even one hour!
Scripture is quite clear that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39), yet our emotions seem to question that daily. Which can be trusted more, the very word of God, or our feelings and emotions? I think the answer is quite clear.
So, what am I saying? I’m saying that no matter how you feel, dear child of God, no matter what your co-workers, your family, your friends, your situation, your anything tells you, you are in Christ Jesus–even when you don’t feel it. Remember that next time you’re not feeling so spiritual, when you feel as though God isn’t there. Rely not on your feelings but rely on the truth, the fact that you are in Christ, now and forevermore, no matter what.