Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, you’ve probably seen this news report about the wedding in Maryland where the groom interrrupted his wedding ceremony to update his Facebook status from “single” to “married” to let all of his online friends and family that know that he was officially hitched…
As funny as this video may be, changing one’s status is an important ritual for those of us who use Facebook, MySpace or Twitter. I keep getting updates from friends and family members who post comments about their ever changing status.. “off to work,” “home from school,” “studying for my exam,” “taking my exam,” “walking the dog,” “just put the kids to bed,” “watching the big OSU game,” etc. It seems that in this digital age we have quite a fascination with getting the word out about what we’re doing so that everyone we know in our online community can share in our experience.
It occurred to me this morning, while I was brushing my teeth [Facebook status alert!!], that getting the word out about our change in status isn’t a new thing invented by Facebook. Luke 5:19-20 recounts the story of a man who Jesus freed from demons. Jesus tells him, “‘Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’ So the man went away and began to tell…how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.” Just imagine if he could have shared the miracle on Facebook back then!
You see, while it may be cute to let everyone know that you’re “doing laundry,” “headed to the grocery store,” or “visiting the grandkids,” there are some important status changes that you ought to share as well… the changes of status that come when we’ve been touched by God: “I witnessed a miracle today.” “I got a second chance.” “I’m forgiven.” “Jesus touched me!”
Hymn writer, John Newton, tweeted his changed status when he wrote the famous hymn, “Amazing Grace”: “I once was lost but now am found; Was blind, but now I see.” William Gaither updated his life status when he wrote these famous lyrics, “He touched me, O, He touched me, And O, the joy that floods my soul! Something, happened, and now I know, He touched me and made me whole.” Finally, Kurt Kaiser shared the result of his status change in the camp song, “Pass it On” when he wrote, “I’ll shout it from the mountain top, I want my world to know: the Lord of love has come to me, I want to pass it on.”
What status change has Jesus made in your life? Get the word out! Share it on Facebook or Twitter. Tell your family and friends. Believe me, the world wants to know!