Do you have your own little personal algorithm so you become insulated and only see the familiar and only reinforce your very own interests? When you think of it in a spiritual sense God does not want this. He wants you to get out of your comfort zone and change. Forget the algorithms this world presents to you and start to put on God’s way of thinking.
[Steve Myers] The other day, I was searching the internet for some information, and a little ad popped up. And it showed a chair that was for sale. Now, that was pretty interesting because a couple days before that, my wife and I were searching for deals on chairs. We needed a new chair. And it struck me, “Well, how in the world did the internet know that I was looking for a chair?” Has that ever happened to you where you search for something and then, all of a sudden, here comes all this information of what you had on your mind? Well, I found out that they do it through algorithms. It’s a mathematical thing where they can look at all kinds of different things and predict what you’re looking for.
So if you look at certain news things, it’ll bring up other news-related things. I mean, they even do it on dating sites. Who you want to date, or who you might want to marry, or what you want to read, or what you want to watch, all of those things. They calculate through these algorithms on the internet. Now, here’s an issue I think that is related to this. These powerful algorithms reinforce the things that we’re interested in. And so, we see the things that we’re familiar with. So what about things that are different? What about things that are new? What about things that are unfamiliar?
Well, those are relegated to somewhere else. And so, what begins to happen is we’ve got our own little, insulated internet world out here. But think about that in a spiritual sense for just a moment? Is that something that God wants us to do in our lives? To have our own little personal algorithm so that we’re insulated, so that we’re only seeing the familiar, so that we’re only reinforcing our very own interests? You see, I don’t think that’s what God wants, especially when you think of it in a spiritual sense. There’s an interesting proverb that you’re probably familiar with, Proverbs 3:5 Proverbs 3:5Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding.
American King James Version×. It talks about trusting the Lord with all your heart. Trust God. And what does God want for us? Well, God says, “We’re to put on the new man, we’re to be a new creation in Christ. We’re to think differently than we normally would think.” (Ephesians 4:24 Ephesians 4:24And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
American King James Version×; Colossians 3:10 Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
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So rather than being insulated, rather than confining ourselves to just our own interests, our own ways, or our own thinking, He says we’re supposed to get out of our comfort zone. Forget the algorithms that this world presents to us and start to put on God’s way of thinking. Philippians 2 says we should put on the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5 Philippians 2:5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
American King James Version×). That means we’ve got to step out from where we used to be, from our old way of thinking, and to begin thinking the way that God wants us to think. A good example of this is over in the book of Revelation. Revelation 21:5 Revelation 21:5And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
American King James Version×is just a good reminder of some of the things that God does. Does God just want us to be insulated?
Does He think only with the same old same old all the time? Well, in Revelation 21, it says this, “Behold, I’m making all things new.” God wants us to be new. He wants us to be the new person, to think in a different way. So the next time you’re searching on the internet, and an ad pops up, don’t just get caught up into what you’re insulated within this own little internet kind of a world. But maybe that could remind us, “Wait a second, I’ve got to be different. I’ve got to step out of this comfort zone that I’ve created for myself and begin to think more like Christ.” Do that next time.
All right, we’ll see you later. And hopefully, join us for another BT Daily.