Twitter is a place that invites followers. It seeks to get tidbits of wisdom from those who are the movers and shakers of the world. It’s a nice idea and some people have hundreds of followers. In some ways, it’s a strange concept to me though because I tend to think that people with followers should be over the top amazing. They should be people who can really guide us with clarity and give us insights that truly make a difference in our day to day existence. They should not simply be those who did well in a popularity contest. Some people work hard at getting more followers, trying to build the numbers to an impressive array of those who hang on to their every word. Sure, I’m there too, but I seldom tweet anyone. Of course, it’s hard to get followers if you don’t go out and try to get their attention. Or is it?
I love to think of Jesus in current cultural settings. Since I know He’s present and in the world today, I wonder if He would have availed Himself of Twitter. After all, He was and still is seeking followers. Actually, I think it would be awesome to wake up to His tweets every day, so if I were to imagine some of His messages, perhaps they would sound like this:
- Let your light shine today!
- I will never leave you so take heart today!
- Hope you can hear my voice today!
- You’re one of my favorite people!
- Let’s make plans together today.
- I love it when you talk with me.
- Anytime you call me, I’ll answer.
- Sure miss you when we don’t spend time together.
- You’re really doing a great job. I’m so proud of you.
- I’ll help you carry the load today.
- I have a Good Book I’d like to recommend to you.
- Thanks for following me.
- You’ve got that love your neighbor thing down! Awesome!
- I always put in a good word for you to my Father.
- You are loved big time!
- Let’s talk every day.
- If there’s anything you need, just call me!
- I love you so much, I gave my life for yours!
- We are friends forever now.
Anyway, you get the idea. Jesus tweets us all the time really. He tweets us to pray more, to love more, and to serve more. He tweets us to be followers and to be leaders. He continually strengthens us when we’re weak and defends us when difficulties arise. However else He tries to get to us in today’s world, via all the technology across time and space, the beautiful thing is He put a portion of His Spirit within each of us so that “heart to heart” we could find Him in an instant. In fact, we don’t even need a power strip or the Internet to get to Him. He’s one prayer, one sigh, one breath away, closer than any brother could ever be. For all I know, that might be even faster than a tweet posting. Well, if Jesus was on Twitter, you can be sure I’d be one of His followers. You, too?