Most of you have heard of the highly touted artificial intelligence feature on the new iPhones call “Siri.” Since January, I’ve had one of those new-fangled iPhones with this software that’s supposed to change my life.
If you pay attention to those iPhone commercials you would think Siri would be revolutionary and life-changing. You’ve seen them right? Where famous people have a conversation with Siri. It’s almost breathtaking. They’re talking to their phone! Simply amazing.
There’s only one problem. It just doesn’t work like that. In fact, I would say Siri works about half the time. Now, I realize the product is still being “tested” and it’s in “beta” form. That’s fine by me. Just don’t hand me a bagel and tell me it’s a Krispy-Kreme donut. Know what I’m saying?
You know what I though the other day? Too many Christians are like Siri. Sometimes we do what we’re supposed to, sometimes we don’t. I guess it just depends on our mood.
1. We over-promise and under-deliver. I know you’ve seen the commercials. They make Siri look so wonderful. They promise short, simple, meaningful conversations with your iPhone. One problem – doesn’t quite work like that most of the time. So what we have here is a simple case of over-promising.
You’ve done it before. So have I. It goes like this – “God, I’ll never sin again…Lord, I’ll always obey…Jesus, you will always come before everything else.” Then, you mess up. You sin. You fall. Don’t promise God something you can’t deliver on. Instead, walk with Him faithfully day by day. No flash, no fancy commercials, no big promises. Just a daily walk of knowing Him better and loving Him more.
2. We have a lot of information but can’t put it to use. You heard me right. Our problem is not knowing what to do, it’s doing what we know. You have enough information to love Jesus, follow Him, serve Him, and tell others about Him. Information is not your problem, obedience is. We are long on knowledge and short on obedience. We know so much about the Bible, we just don’t do what it says. Good for you if you can quote the book of Romans, explain the hypostatic union, or name all the kings of Judah – does it lead to obedience and faith?
Before I’m done I need to tie up a couple of loose ends. I’m not against learning “information” about the Bible. Learn it, love it, live it. Just don’t fill your mind without obeying the Word. Also, I’m not an iPhone hater. I’m just making a simple observation. It’s one simple way that God has shown me how I need to grow in my relationship with Him.