Day Four: Instagram Envy Syndrome

Why is there a hype machine? Because all creation is groaning (Romans 8). And we’re groaning… groaning for something to save us… But because of our hope in Christ, we are not groaning in despair, but eager anticipation of what God has promised to bring to fulfillment.

And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:2-5)

For most of us, our suffering is not persecution like the apostle Paul experience. Our suffering is missing out on the things… especially things that have been hyped up by the hype machine. When we follow God, we are going to fear, at times, missing out on what we once participated in, or on what everyone else seems to be doing. Maybe coming to the conference, some were afraid of missing out on more studying, or going to a particular event, etc. When we hope in Christ, we actually boast about missing out on the hype. Hope grows when you are willing to stay behind even if you are the only one. Hype disappoints because there is not love there. Hope in Christ never disappoints because God’s love is being poured into our hearts through the Spirit.

Pray and let the Spirit help you… groaning alongside you, interceding for you… encounter Him and trust Him… The Spirit will lead us to what God desires for us. [Notes taken from P. Nate’s message given at the College Conference]
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– JP