“Now Satan entered the scene and seduced David into taking a census of Israel. David gave orders to Joab and the army officers under him, “Canvass all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and get a count of the population. I want to know the number.” (1 Chronicles 21: 1-2)
After a tremendous amount of success in battle, King David acquired an abundance of land, turned the hearts of the people within these lands to God and acquired a splendid amount of treasure. God allowed David to do these things in honor of Him and the furtherance of His kingdom.
After all this success, it became important to David to know the exact number of people his nation now possessed. It became important to know who served under him or who “followed” him. Perhaps the greater the number of “followers” he possessed, the greater he felt about the power God had given him. However, all we know is that scripture states his purpose was just to know the number…
Do you wake up each day with a great desire to know the numbers? The number of “followers” you possess or gained? The number of “likes” you’ve acquired from the cute pic you posted with the hashtag #aboutlastnight? Is this urging to know the numbers for the glory of God or to fuel hidden pride or lack of love within yourself? Or, like David, have you allowed the enemy to enter your mind and pervert your thoughts and desires, just for a “need to know basis”?
Every representation of you that you share with the world should be for the edification of God and for the encouragement of someone else. It shouldn’t purposefully be for the filling up of oneself.
We can edify God by sharing both the happy and low points of our lives, by encouraging one another, and by sowing seeds to address the needs of one another.
The “truth” and “sincerity” of you will bring about blessings that can’t be numbered. Those “follows” and “likes” are minuscule in bringing forth your purpose, especially when God has already done a work or is in the process of doing an even greater work in your life.
Think of your “follows” and “likes” as sprinkles on your cupcake (gifts). Their sole purpose is for decorating the gift, not making it.
We don’t need to rely on the things that don’t make us who we are. Our gaze must always be on the Maker who creates, shapes, and transform us into all that He wants us to be.