There is much power and potential for good in blogging, but with that also comes much room for temptation and for being diverted from the goal set upon us: to use blogging as a tool to bring praise and glory to our Heavenly Father.
Lately, there have been many more hits daily to my blog than I ever envisaged would be possible. Initially, there was an average of 15 hits daily, if I was lucky, and now the average is of 300 from people all over the world. Whilst this is fantastic, one has to be very weary of putting himself/herself at the center of it all, because that place is already taken by Jesus Christ, and Christian bloggers play a dangerous game when the purpose of their blogging becomes increasing their audience, and not bringing to the corners of the earth Jesus’ message of love, forgiveness, redemption and salvation.
I have been a victim to this very subtle but deadly angel of light who under the guise of spreading God’s word and message to the world, has lulled me into a bit of an obsession with the number and origin of my readers. Much time is spent by Christian bloggers ensuring that their audience is kept captive and entertained so that we can reassure ourselves that we are making a difference, because this enterprise is not about us, but about Jesus. Many of us choose to write about things that hidden behind the front of Christian Faith have little to do with the heart of God. We choose to write about things that will ensure shock, upheaval, laughter, tears, and controversy from our audience, and not to write about things that we know will make us very unpopular and perhaps no longer wanted by the very necessary audience which keeps us going. It does not take long for the enemy to set its claws upon something that the Lord designed for good; designed to produce much fruit. With the blink of an eye, one no longer cares for the transformation of lives, or the victory of light over darkness; all too soon we become blinded and obsessed by one unrighteous quest: how can I get more hits to my blog, as opposed to how can I bring Jesus to people?
On the one hand we condemn idolatry at the hands of the human race today; a way of living which has replaced God with anything else which keeps us occupied, temporarily happy and focused on ourselves. But at the same time, we ourselves have made idols of our own blogs as the time invested on writing them, maintaining them and communicating with our readers has eaten up at the time in communion with our Heavenly Father, his word, and serving Him in word and deed.
It is for this reason that I want to turn things around today and throw the ball of “blogging” back to its rightful owner who can do with it as He will and not as I will. Today I want to use this post as an opportunity for people to give me their prayer requests. I want to re-group and re-focus. I want to use valuable time for God’s eternal purposes and not mine. If there is anything that is troubling you at the moment, that is burdening your heart for which you need prayer, please do send me a comment with your name, and hopefully, I will be able to contact you from that comment by email or through your own blog. You can then privately tell me your prayer request. If you are happy to leave an email address, do so too. I have seen the power of prayer in my own personal life. I continue to do so, on a daily basis. Jesus spent the last hours of his life on his knees communing with His Father who provided Him with all he needed to face the awful events that unfolded in his life and which he was well aware of prior to them happening. We need to stop wanting to control and manipulate everything around us for our own benefit and we need to start humbling ourselves and giving the reins of this complicated world to Jesus. Most of my readers are complete strangers, but prayer is prayer and God has made us and knows us all intimately, so again, if there is anything I could bring to God during my prayer time on your behalf, I would be blessed to have your prayer request.
If you are not a Christian or do not believe in God, I would like to pray for you too. We all have problems and things that wear us down on a daily basis, so we all need to feel that sense that we are not carrying the entire burden alone. I finish as I started, with wise words in the book of Galatians (6:2): “Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”, which have inspired me this morning to set a new course to this fantastic adventure that blogging has turned out to be.
Please know that if you do decide to send your prayer requests to me, it will all remain between you, me and God and that there is no ulterior motive to this, but simply the recognition that as a Christian and in the times we are living in, prayer for each other has to be at the top of the list, and very often it is not. There is always something more pressing that places us that much further from our loving Father. I want to draw closer to Him again, and I know this is the one, the best way to do so.