I must confess. I love using my phone. It has saved me so much time plowing through email advertisements that I don’t need to read. It slides into my pocket and doesn’t take up much space. It reminds me when it’s time to leave for an appointment and I can listen to podcasts when I’m on a long drive. It’s great!
Did you ever think that your phone (or computer) could be used as a mission tool? So often we think of these devices purely as tools for work and entertainment for ourselves. But in the hands of Jesus, your phone and your tablet or computer can be used for work in his kingdom.
The Apostle Paul talked about using any means necessary to share the Gospel, the Good News, with as many people as he could. He said, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some (1 Corinthians 9:19 NIV). God has given us the opportunity to share Jesus through the technological tools at our disposal.
Let’s start with the basics: there are some excellent Bible apps out there that enable you to read the Bible from a variety of translations. There are reading plans that will guide you through the entire Bible in a year or in two years. Some apps will give you a verse for the day, and you can listen to an audio Bible on many of them. Lutheran Hour Ministries has a daily devotion you can listen to with your family. Click here to check them out.
Don’t forget social apps, either. When you put out a Scripture verse on your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter account, all of your friends will receive a notification of your post and the Word of God will go out.
This month in our congregation’s worship services, we will see the Gospel being spread to all kinds of people in all kinds of situations. Jesus is still working in our world, calling on us to join him on His mission. We often think of the neighbor down the street or the person at school or work, and we should. But let’s not forget to use all the tools that Jesus puts at our disposal.
Christ is risen!