Today is Cyber Monday, it closes off a weekend of festivities where following on from Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, through the weekend our inboxes and social media feeds are filled with deals and discounts. A weekend where we buy and buy until we have to max out more credit cards. It’s strange really how a day spent being thankful for all we have is immediately followed by a day where we scroll endlessly for the things we don’t have.
You see if we think getting more things will make us happier, we’ve believed a lie.
That new set of trainers, the new iPhone or those improved set of headphones will only be a temporary fix. Even if there is a small sense of excitement when the Amazon Prime delivery arrives. We weren’t meant to be fulfilled by a room full of items, we were meant to be fulfilled by relationship. Relationship with God and with others.
You see we weren’t made to consume. We were made to commit, to God, to each other, to building a world worthy of it’s Creator. Yet it didn’t go to plan, we decided to consume rather than commit, right from the garden of Eden to today, the story is the same.
Yet Jesus put on flesh and bone, stepped down from his heavenly throne and got his hands dirty. He committed to each and every one of us by dying on a cross to deliver us from the mess we’d found ourselves in and bring us into a relationship with himself, calling us to be the people we were made to be.
His commitment cost him his life.
What will we commit in response? You see it’s never about the money or the time, it’s about our heart. When we reflect on what Jesus did for us, what do we feel propelled to do for him?
On this Cyber Monday let’s cast our eyes towards another Monday, the one which followed a day when the one who had committed his life in love, rose in power to begin building the world he’d always intended.
Will we be part of it?
This Cyber Monday what will we commit?