I follow people on twitter because I believe they might say something, in 140 characters or less, that is relevant to my life and ministry. Sometimes a link gives me the breakthrough I need. At any given moment a pithy quote captures my spirit. On most days simply feeling connected to a friend is enough to make me look forward to their next tweet. How much more should I read and follow God’s tweets.
The truth is God does more than communicate in 140 character increments. He speaks. He shouts. He announces. He proclaims. Sometimes He whispers. Yes, He sends messages through angels, prophets, priests and apostles, even His one and only Son. And no, He doesn’t need a new technology platform like twitter or Facebook or Ning to get his message across.
Long before social media emerged as a networking tool for personal and business reasons, God communicated the old fashioned way. He wrote a book with way more than 140 characters. The Book is actually 66 books within a book and penned by human authors who over 1600 years were moved by the Spirit of God to record Holy Writ. They used scrolls not twitter. I wonder how many tweets it would take to communicate God’s message in the Bible at the rate of 140 characters per tweet.
Far more important than me catching up on your latest tweets, or sending out a narcissistic twitpic of me standing in line at the Home Depot, is reading and absorbing the Word of God into my community-starved spirit.
Did I say community? Isn’t that what this explosion in social media is all about? We are starving for real connection in the digital age because we were created for community, hard-wired for connection. The one God in three persons who made us in His image enjoys perfect community as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. No wonder we are becoming twitter-holics.
Because all Scripture is inspired or God-breathed, all of it is relevant (2 Tim. 3:16). Nothing God says lacks relevancy. Every jot, tittle and tweet is worth reading, studying, pondering and applying to my life. It’s all part of a search that’s happening deep in the core of my being.
You might be wondering, “Does God follow my tweets?” Yes, he does. More than you can imagine. Jesus said, “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken” (Matthew 12:36). Think about that. One of my followers did and replied, "If God tweeted, at least we know He'd be following everyone, regardless of whether they follow Him."
So what are you waiting for? Follow the one true God not @FakeGod. Better yet, pick up a copy of his love tweets to you called the Bible and read it. You’ll never be the same if you choose to follow Him.
And for what it's worth, don't forget to follow me on twitter.