Are facebook friends really friends?

Acts 24:22-24 22 Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings. “When Lysias the commander comes,” he said, “I will decide your case.” 23 He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs. 24 Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus.

facebook friendI bet you have a lot of facebook friends, maybe hundreds.  Me too.  But how many “friends” do you really have?  Many years ago, friendship was defined as someone who you spent time with, were close to, and knew alot about you.  You shared life together.  Today, it seems that friendship is defined by simply having met someone.  If we’ve met then we are friends… at least on facebook.  Think about it.  You ask someone if they know another person.  Their answer is: “yes, we are friends on facebook.”  Friendship has come a long way.  Or at least it seems.  Or maybe those we call friends are actually more like acquaintances.  After all, do we really “know” them?

Felix was facebook friends with the Way.  He liked their facebook page.  But he really didn’t know Jesus, he had just heard of him.  He knew a little about who he was and probably met some of his followers a few times.  But He wasn’t friends with Him.  It says in Acts 24 that Felix was acquainted with the Way – that’s what they called the Christian movement in the early days.  And he sent for Paul because he wanted to know more.  Paul was called to the house of Felix many times and continued to share the truth about Jesus.  We can’t be certain that Felix ever actually decided to become more than an acquaintance with Jesus, but we do know he made steps to get there.

I wonder sometimes if we treat Jesus more like an acquaintance than a friend.  I wonder if we are more of a fan than a follower.  When Jesus said follow me, He wasn’t talking about Twitter;  He really meant, “follow me.”  He wants you to more than like Him, He wants you to know Him.  Like Felix, we should be taking steps to become more than acquaintances.  We should be taking steps to learn and grow and love and know.

*What steps do you need to take to really “know” Him?  Put one into action today.

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