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The Gospel According to Fitbit

As Christmas approaches I have had my eye on a new Fitbit.  My $100 investment in myself almost three Christmases ago has proven to be money well spent.  And being the tech geek that I am, I am wanting to upgrade to a Fitbit Surge.
Sounds SO cool.

Say it with me…”SUUUUURGE.”
I love it.
I need one.
I faithfully wore my tracker every single day.
I lovingly charged the battery and tracked each and every step.
As I started losing weight, people started asking me, “What are you doing?!”  I would quickly tell them about the power of the Fitbit.  “Oh, it’s so easy!  It tracks your sleep, your steps, your calories burned, you just have to wear it and it does all the work for you!  It’s SO cool!  Yeah, it’s just $100!  THE best $100 I’ve EVER spent on myself.  I love it!”
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Over the course of the year more and more people in my life started buying a Fitbit.  Each day I would get a new notification of “So and so wants to be your friend!”  “Help such and such get more fit!”  Looking over my friends list now, there are over 20 people who got a Fitbit because of my testimonial.  And like throwing a rock into a lake, those people tell the power of the Fitbit to the people in their life and they too get a Fitbit.  The ripple just keeps going.

Once upon a time Jason and I ran a skate shop.  One evening he came home and said an old classmate of ours had died of a drug overdose.
I was so saddened to hear about this unfortunate passing of a schoolmate.  But Jason seemed extra troubled and I asked him what was wrong.  He said, “I just talked to him the other day when I saw him outside of the skate shop window.  I didn’t even tell him about Jesus.”

In a book study I’m leading at church I came across the scripture in Ephesians 6:19 that every time we open our mouth, we need to speak the gospel.

Whoa.  Wait.  What?
Yes.
Every.  Single. Time.

Not just when you come from a powerful church service.
Or when you are in a good mood.
Or when you are surrounded by your church friends.

I’m guilty. 
Sadly I can’t remember the last time I witnessed to someone by blatantly saying, “Do you know Jesus?  Can I show you how to know Him?”

2015 has been a less than stellar year for me.
Disappointment has been a constant companion as I continue to measure my worth with a number on a scale.
I still wear my Fitbit and strive for the vibration of a 10,000 step goal met but as old habits creep in, I don’t talk about it as much.

You think you learn a lesson only to be reminded by the One who created you that nothing can be done outside of His power.

Could it be that my daily struggle, my thorn in my side, could be so I can rely on Christ and not my Fitbit?
To rely on power that comes from Him?  And not myself?
Possibly.
How different would my life be if the ripples I made wasn’t for a piece of technology but instead for the Kingdom?  It saddens me to think of all my missed opportunities.

I highly doubt that when I get to Heaven God will announce with enthusiasm, “Enter in thou good and faithful servant!  You impacted hundreds of lives with your testimony of the Fitbit!  You accumulated over 2 million steps each year and those steps were made with conviction and dedication to weight loss!  Enter into your great reward!  Your treadmill of righteousness!”

Does that mean walking trackers are a bad thing?
No.
Does it mean that they can become a god thing?
Absolutely.

Just like everything else that we put above Christ.
Our job.
Our children.
Sports.
Our children’s sports.
Our looks.
Television.
Ministry.

It ALL can be elevated to god status and can become the idol we serve.
All while serving God we can become so consumed with it that we ending up serving it.

Believe me, I’m preaching to the choir.
And it’s hard.
But I don’t want to let God down on the most important job He’s given me.
I can not let others down by not sharing what I know about the absolute freedom that is found ONLY in Christ.
More than carrying around extra weight…
Denying someone knowledge about eternity is an unbearable burden to carry.