So many use Facebook as one continual stream of bragging.
Reference: “Magdiel and Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom, according to their settlements in the land they occupied. This is the family line of Esau, the father of the Edomites.” Genesis 36:43 NIV
Explore: I was recently searching through Facebook trying to find an old high school friend. He had quite a common name, so there were numerous people all over the world with his same name.
As I quickly scrolled through their Facebook profiles it was interesting to see that so many of them used Facebook as one continual stream of bragging.
Here’s a photo of me looking glamorous; here’s me succeeding at the gym; let me tell you about how much I accomplished today; look at my perfect children…
And yet none of us can point the finger at these blatant posts because it seems most of us on Facebook do the exact same thing. Our reality is often quite disconnected from what we place of ourselves on-line.
No matter what someone puts on Facebook, what really counts is how we live our real life and the impact we have on those around us.
Application: Genesis 36 was like Esau’s bragging Facebook posts. Here are all my sons, how incredible my descendants are and note all the kings of my time.
These kind of chapters are written all across the Bible. Some explain incredible lineages (like Jesus’) while some are listed but we don’t hear from them again.
We cannot choose the lineage into which we were born, but we can decide how to live the life we have been given.
Prayer: Lord, help me to focus my energy on building Your kingdom rather than creating something impressive for the world to see. Amen.
How are you living the life God has blessed you with?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.