Apps – Day 3

Two things come to my mind when I think of the word APPS. First is the tasty food (usually fried) that comes before you main course you ordered at a restaurant; an appetizer. The second is the little square icon that opens up a program on your phone or other electronic device; an application. As much as I love to eat the former, I want to talk about the later.
Our applications have started to rule our lives. At least for those of us who have smart phones, we kind of live our lives by those devices and the apps that we choose to take up the limited space on them. These phones get filled with apps for all sorts of things. Apps to keep in contact with others, apps to share photos, apps to play games, check the weather, get directions, check the latest scores, watch a show, keep organized, watch what we eat, track our exercise, shop online, pay for food, and many other things. There is an app that is an entire store just for apps for your phone. Currently on my phone I have 86 apps. Some of which I use and others I do not.
Did you notice something missing from list of apps up above? Anything that would directly help in my walk with Christ? Some of those apps could be helpful tools, but in reality are not life-giving in the least. One other app on my phone is my YouVersion Bible App. It is awesome that we live in a time in history where we can literally carry the Bible around with us in something as small as our phones are. The problem is that like with the Bibles on our shelves, does it get used?
This is a self-confession as much as it is a challenge to you the reader. My Bible, whether digital or physical, does not always get the time used it deserves. We are constantly looking for the next thing to help get our lives on track. The next program, the next big idea, the next app that will solve all of our problems, but in reality we have had access to the source of transformation for a long time and have rarely used it to its potential.
As we go through this season of lent and reflect on the life of Christ and what He did for us, are we truly getting into the one app that could help us learn even more about the one we call Savior? Whether you are using the Bible app on your phone or you pull the Bible off the shelf, we need to make time with scripture a priority.
What does the Bible have to say about itself?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
The Bible comes from the mouth of God. That alone should make us think. So…what APP are you opening? It is never too late to make a change.
-Pastor Joshua Trojak