What lessons for using the Web can you draw from Proverbs 7?
Are there any websites you should stop visiting? As a whole, does spending time on the Internet help or hinder your Christian life? Why?
If you’re reading this devo online, in a few minutes you might move on to other websites. As you do, pay attention to what grabs your attention. What pics or words prompt you to pause for a second look? What links do you click on, and why?
When Jesus said the eye is the lamp of the body (Matthew 6:22), He was alluding to the ancient belief that the eye was an internal fire. Light proceeds from the eye, interacts with the light emitted from the object of focus, and then returns through the eye and penetrates into the heart.
You become like whatever draws your attention. If your eye is “good,” literally “single” or “simple,” your commitment to purity and truth will flood your entire body with light (Matthew 6:22-23). But if you play both sides of the street—if you embrace provocative pictures, rumors, or vitriol, then your whole body will become shrouded in darkness. The virtual world can do real damage to your soul. What items on the Web light up your eyes?
Advertisers use sex, gossip, and greed to create sticky sites that are difficult to leave. An evil eye will rationalize hanging around. You know better than to click on that racy story, but you tell yourself it won’t hurt this once. And so you awaken the appetite of lust, and now every time you log on you hope to ogle something new, and soon your shriveled soul is harboring dark and shameful secrets.
Many sites get rich luring people to their destruction, so the most dangerous thing you can do is mindlessly surf the Web. Take Jesus with you online. When possible, use the Web in the presence of others. And remember that whatever lights your eyes can also change you.
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Acts 5:17-42
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