As you know, a selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. These photographs usually end up on networking services such as Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr and Twitter to name a few. The selfie, which started as an Internet curiosity, is now officially a mainstream trend that celebrities, astronauts, popes, presidents and just about everyone have all gotten in on.
One of the beset known selfies was the one engineered by Ellen DeGeneres at the Academy Awards.DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper and other movie stars were able to wrangle more than 2 million retweets for their selfie. Pope Francis wasn’t the first ever papal selfie, but he was a willing participant. President Obama took a selfie with Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. And in the pulse punning variety, photographer Lee Thompson took a selfie (pictured) while standing on the 124-foot Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro.
The fact is we are a world of selfies because we are drawn towards ourselves and we like drawing other people to ourselves. We are, after all, about ourselves.
Selfie-ness is not new. It has been around since the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve. And it pervades every area of life. For many, religion is just another selfie, “Look at me doing this or that.” We promote it. We bask in it. We find approval in the form of a highly “liked” Instagram shot.
But Christianity is not about us. It is all about Jesus. To make Christianity about us is actually the ultimate photobomb. It is trying to get into the shot that is not about you. It is saying, “Hey look at me!” And everyone is getting annoyed and asking you to get out of the frame so the focus can on what it should be: the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Selfies can do a fairly good job of representing our outside appearance. But, God sees so much more. I Samuel 16:7 states, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
God can see those hidden things – inner thoughts and desires that no one else has an idea about. He can see deep within our heart. “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” – Proverbs 27:19.
As the Lord examines our hearts today, will He be pleased with what He sees? Will He see a faith in Him and a desire to do His will? God knows us better than we know ourselves. Yet, He loves us even though we do not have a perfect “selfie”!