F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out):
Rev 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
Matt 13:44, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
These verses are familiar evangelistic texts used in gospel messages – certainly, I have spoken on the treasure in the field to students many times.
But BOTH of them, in their original context, were addressing Christians, not unbelievers. So they are promises to us!
Someone once told me that “the unhappiest people in the world are uncommitted Christians; they can no longer enjoy the world’s pleasures, but neither can they have the true joy of following Jesus wholeheartedly.” I think there’s some exaggeration there because the world’s pleasures are highly overrated, but he had a point.
The problem we all have is FOMO – fear of missing out. What will we have to give up to commit fully to Christ?
Having been here many times, with a foot in both worlds, so to speak, I find it helpful to go back to verses like these and see there is a HEALTHY FOMO. I don’t want to miss out on anything God has for me. I don’t want to miss out on the invitation to “eat with Jesus”, or to miss out on the hidden treasure. A glimpse of the true treasure makes it far less about “what do I need to give up?” and far more about joyfully doing whatever it takes to make sure I don’t miss out on all that Jesus has for me.
IDEA: (warning: the following may cause your family to think you are nuts!) Go to your front door and open it. Pray to welcome the Lord Jesus in. Then go through each room of your house, open each door prayerfully, inviting Jesus into every part of your life – and praying for those you share a house with (if you do).
PRAY:Jesus, may I not have my foot in two worlds today. Make me wholly yours. I fully welcome You into every part of me. I open the door to You, so that as the song says, “all things that surround become shadows in the light of You.” Amen.