This morning, I went out to sit on my front porch and listen to the rain. It was quite, except for the occasional car, and I could hear the birds chirping and the river roaring. I decided to take a video with my phone so that I could share that with everyone in my Instagram stories. Within minutes, I had taken a video, edited with an app to make it fit the Instagram stories requirements, and uploaded it for people throughout the world to see. I went back inside and checked to see what the weather was going to be for the day. I have an app on my phone that makes it super quick to open up and see what I have in store for me weatherwise. Then, my sister called me, and we had a nice chat about her daughter going off to college in just a few short months. Just a little bit later, my phone sent me an alarm that it was time to do my devotional. I brought up YouTube to listen to a Pastor that I like, used my Bible app to bring up Bible verses to read, and took notes on the sermon for reference later.
Everything I did this morning, I did from my phone. Plus, I have a calculator at my fingertips, my business website, my social media accounts, a scanner, my banking info, photos from the past several years, games, and so many other essential items that I use on a daily basis, and I hold it all in my hand.
Anyone with a smartphone has all of this and more. The phone has become such an important part of our lives, and it has become so much more than a device to call someone. According to a 2012 article from CBS News (here), 75% of Americans admit to taking/using the phone while in the bathroom.
The phone has a couple of drawbacks though. One is that it has to have power. If your phone’s battery dies, then the phone can’t function to the best of its ability. I did a devotional on that HERE. It has to plug into a power source to charge the battery. If you are like me, then you probably have several chargers throughout the house. I have one beside my bed, one on my bathroom counter, one on my kitchen counter, one that plugs into my laptop computer, and one in my car. Plus, I have several portable chargers that are fully charged at all times, that I can stick in my purse for times when I might not have access to an electric outlet.
The second drawback of a smartphone that can do everything for you, is that it costs a lot of money. When a phone only made phone calls, it didn’t cost as much. But, now that it is an office, an assistant, and a directory that can put anything you want at your fingertips, its value has skyrocketed. Someone has to pay for the phone. Some people are lucky enough to have their phones furnished by their work, children have them given to them by their parents, and some of us have to pay for them ourselves. It doesn’t matter how you got your phone, someone still paid the price for it to be yours. The phone company does not give them out for free.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Like the phone, we have to be plugged into a power source or we can’t function to the best of our ability. We need to have our batteries recharged by plugging into the word of God, or we too will slowly die. The phone needs to be charged daily, and so do we. We need to plug in to His word so that we can continue to function to the best of our abilities.
Also, like the phone, we are valuable! I decided to do a search and see Bible verses that talked about our value, and I was amazed at all of them that came up. Here are a few that spoke to me:
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.
You are valuable! I am valuable! And, like the phone, we all came with a price! Our price was beyond comprehension, it was outrageous, and it was freely given. It didn’t matter that we were flawed or imperfect, He still paid the price.
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
You might even be reading this on your phone, but if not, the next time that you pick up your phone I want you to think about its value. I want you to think about the price that you paid for your phone. And, then, I want you to think about your value and the price that was paid for it. Praise be to the Lord!
Have A Blessed Day!