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iPhones, iPads, iWatches, iGeneration

iPHONES…iPads, iWatches, even ‘selfies’ reflect the trends in our culture today. So much I, I, I! The ‘i’ stands for ‘intelligent’ but it sends a competing message. These devices are a boon to economies and have made communication incredibly easier, but have they made it better from human inter-action? You be the judge! The ‘phone’ part is undeniably a fabulous invention/creation. If it had stopped there, we would be so much better off. But, perhaps the ‘intelligent’ part deserves closer scrutiny.
Do families talk more, or do they just text and email? Has it improved social skills? Have the ‘games’ consumed children to the point of alienation from their parents and siblings? Does the access to more than 800,000 and growing number of porno sites add to the wholesomeness of family life and today’s morality? What about privacy? Just go to eat out at a restaurant or go to an outing where families are present and see the impact. Conversation for the most part has taken a back seat to personal use of the ‘device’. Parents have chosen to allow, even to facilitate, their kids to ‘entertain’ themselves rather than entering into ‘family’ opportunities.
Does this reflect an ‘I’ mentality? One ‘i’ might be ‘isolation’, while all the time reaching out for ‘inclusion’.
When thinking on this subject, it dawned on me that the only one who is self-sufficient is God. He told Moses to tell the children of Israel that the great I Am sent him. (Ex. 3:14) This name for the Lord indicates ‘self-sufficiency’. Oddly, isn’t that what mankind has attempted to be searching for since the Fall in the Garden? Was that not the reason for the first act of disobedience?
Fast-forward thousands of years later and we see Jesus declaring He is still that I AM revealed by God to Moses and Israel! The Jews wanted to stone Him for this statement. The reason it is significant is this. We, as hard as we may try and as smart as we may be, can never be all-sufficient apart from the One who is. We can invest in all the latest and greatest smartphones, but it will never be enough. So, what did Jesus declare to His creation? Look at a few of these with me. There are more but I think we’ll get the picture.
I AM….the bread of life, the living bread (John 6:35,41,48,51)
I AM….the light of the world (John 8:12; 9:5)
I AM….the door of the sheep (John 10:7,9)
I AM….the good shepherd (John 10:11,14)

I AM….the resurrection and the life (John 11:25)
AM….the true and living way (John 14:6)
I AM….the true vine (John 15:1-5)
No hunger or thirst; out of darkness into the light of truth; as sheep we find access to God thru Him; being cared for now and forever; eternal security and life as He is risen and overcame death; our guide to truth and to our God; and completeness, all-sufficiency when we are abiding in Him. Jesus was not just filling the air with words, giving a great three-point sermon, when He expressed these things about Himself. He was showing us that He is all we need. And apart from Him we are nothing, zilch, dead!
An iGeneration needs to, by faith, place its whole being into His able hands. Do you know of anyone else who is Omnipotent, Omniscient or Omnipresent and all embodied in one being? There is a line in a hymn In Christ Alone that says it all.
I am His and He is mine-bought with the precious blood of Christ.” That is the only‘I am’ I ever want to be. How about you?
Copyright 2015
Bill C. Dotson

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