I am so blessed to be getting to know so many great people around the country, and the world, who love God just like I do and are so incredibly unique in their gifts and personalities.
My quest to rediscover the Church is leading me to some amazing people – and what’s more amazing to me is that so many of them are willing to write guest posts for this blog.
A couple of weeks ago, Marla Taviano was our guest blogger here at Rediscovering The Church. Today her husband, Gabe Taviano, has graciously agreed to take the reigns for a day and be our guest blogger.
Gabe is a world-class website designer, Mac lover, podcaster and 21st Century Christ follower. He twitters under the name of Godsmac, which I’m pretty sure is supposed to be read ‘God’s Mac’ but it amuses me to read it ‘God Smack’.
Today is Tech Tuesday on this blog and Gabe is the perfect person to write about techie things, so I’ll hand over to him. Read, enjoy, then go visit him at his blog (if you want).
Welcome to the mission field. It might not be a rain forest. You didn’t even have to fly to get here. With iPhone in hand and a being connected to the entire world, you might not believe this mission is for you. God’s allowed a message to live through the generations. One that applies to the digital age just as much as it did to the days Christ walked the planet.
It’s a message that rings true throughout different parts of the Bible. A good example can be found in 1 Peter 2:9. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”.
Do you believe this is defining you? You might not have graduated from seminary. I’m guessing you’re not a Greek or Hebrew scholar, maybe not even a scholar with your own language! But as the verse above puts it, you have been chosen. Realizing you’re chosen doesn’t mean you’ve reached the end of the challenge. You have to finish reading the verse to get past the “what” that happened and get to the “why”. The Spirit doesn’t just stop when you’ve walk through the doors of the church and fill your usual seating spot on Sundays. Christ was at war for your soul on the cross, and that victory extends into every area of your life and through every day until you reach your last.
This doesn’t just take place in China or Cambodia. As good as it sounds to serve third-world countries (and it sure is a good thing), I urge you to recognize the culture you live in every day. A culture of the wealthy and poor, the Mac or PC, the republican or democrat, the Christ-follower and the Christ-basher, the young and the old. God’s given you a love for technology not just to waste time online, but for a mission. I believe everything we do is meant to glorify Christ and proclaim that news to the world. That mission is not corrupt until we choose not to embrace it.
There are so many ways to do this, but I believe the best way is to follow the example of Christ and fulfill the mission in community and to serve others. That’s why I have taken the mission to heart and am asking you to join me as a Digital Disciple. Not just another online identity, believe me! Be the one to continue this mission, like we are in Ohio, into your area of the world. Take one evening each month, maybe 2 1/2 hours of your time, and start meeting with others who either enjoy technology or could benefit from learning from your experience. Discuss things you are passionate about. Social networking, blogging, design, photography, videography, programming, etc. Then finish the evening by looking over God’s Word together and sharing how it has changed (or should change) the way you’re using all of these tools.
Not an easy mission, but one that will stretch you in so many ways. I pray that God will take the seeds we are planting and reap a harvest. When He prepared the fields for us to labor, I don’t think He skipped the digital age. The priesthood of all believers isn’t given to just those that preach from the pulpit on the weekends. Up for the call? More details are available at http://www.DigitalDisciples.net, and you may contact me directly at http://www.GabeTaviano.com.