Fear of missing out (or FOMO) is a phenomenon unique to our technology-filled days. We stay connected to each other 24/7 just because we can. But how annoying it is to have a face-to-face conversation interrupted because of FOMO. The constant checking of social media is often motivated by not wanting to miss out on someone or something more exciting!
There is one relationship, one place and one communication that we never want to miss! Today’s verse warns us that this is possible when we adhere to a form of religion without a true relationship. The people addressed in this verse did all kinds of good works for God but missed out on obeying Him. The Lord sees the heart of the one who glibly calls Jesus “Lord” and “Master” without submissively bowing the knee. The true test of relationship is obedience to His expressed will in the pages of His book! The one who loves Him will obey Him. (I John 2:5)
When I truly love someone I will want to serve and please him. To ignore what God says or what God wants is not love at all. I do not want to miss out on the most meaningful, satisfying relationship there is! His messages of love and forgiveness are not to be missed! A “fear of missing out” on His blessings is a good kind of fear that causes me to examine myself to see that I belong to Him. A life of obedience not only leads to a deep relationship but to an eternity with Him!
Lord, I want to obey You today.