The last few weeks my social media feeds have been filled with Here’s what you need to know posts. Republicans are doing it. Democrats are doing it. Businesses are doing it. I bet that if you scroll down your Facebook feed right now, you’ll probably run into that type of phrase within the first dozen posts on your feed. We’re worked up about false news, fake news, and what might be real news. We’re worked up to the point we don’t seem to know up from down!
Our society is screaming out for help! We are increasingly unable to distinguish the real from the fake; mountains of data don’t seem to help. It affects us on social media, at the water cooler, and with our friends!
And it all revolves around trying to answer three question
What do you need to know is the Wrong Question
May I submit that we’re asking the wrong question?
Really! How many of us were enthralled with posts about a dress last year? Or an audio clip this year? How about those political posts getting the dig in at one side or another?
The thing is… none of these really matters. Oh, it may affect us for 5 minutes, but what about a year from now? 5 years from now? What about 100 years from now? Do you really need to know that one little bit of information to live your life?
Paul talked a lot about what we should spend our time on, what we really do need to know. He even wrote nearly as much about what we should not spend our time on. Consider…
”…remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless geneologies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.” – 1 Timothy 1
”…reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith, not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.” – Titus 1
”…why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit to decrees, such as ‘Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!’ (which all refer to things destined to perish with use) – in accordance with the commandements and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.” – Colossians 3
If we are honest, much of the things we let ourselves get worked up about probably don’t matter nearly as much as we tell ourselves.
Besides, there is a much better question we should ask!
Who do you need to know is the Right Question
There really is only one question that truly matters, only one thing that we really do need to know. It’s not one that I came up with; it’s been around for nearly two thousand years, and many of us ask it, each in our own way:
Have you accepted in your heart that Jesus is God’s Christ, that He lived, that He died a sinless death, and that God raised Him up again from the dead, and that He longs for you to place your full, undivided trust in Him?
For God did love the world, sending His only begotten Son into the world, that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. For God did not sent His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Jesus, God’s Son, is not judged by God; but he who does not believe has been judged already – because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3).
Jesus truly is someone worth knowing!
So, what now?
God chose me, of all the people in the world; He provided me with grace through faith, for on my own I can have neither. God prompted me to trust Him, to believe in my heart that God raised Jesus – His Christ – from the dead. He enabled me to confess Jesus as Lord with my mouth. Because of this, whatever I do, whatever I say – it all should be for Jesus Christ. I should always give thanks through Jesus to God the Father. (Colossians 3, Ephesians 2, Romans 10) Sometimes that’s really hard to do!
I would encourage you today to set aside the clamor of “here’s what you need to know” and instead focus on who you need to know. Turn to Jesus, believe in Him, confess Him as Lord, tell others about Him, live for Him.